Boiseans already pay $6 million a year to run the library system, and have received no estimate on how that number may grow

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The city of Boise began its current collection of library buildings when it moved its main structure from the Carnegie Library site, first occupied in 1905, to the current Capitol Boulevard site, first occupied in 1973. Since then, the library system has expanded with the addition of the Library! at Collister and Library! at Hillcrest branches in 2008 and the …

House Bill 241 — County fair taxing districts

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Bill description: HB 241 would establish a new type of taxing district, for county fairs. Rating: -5 Does it create, expand, or enlarge any agency, board, program, function, or activity of government? Conversely, does it eliminate or curtail the size or scope of government? House Bill 241 would expand government power by allowing for the creation of a new type …

In deep water: Boise taxpayers covering losses on six city pools

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Over the past five years, all six of the city-operated pools in Boise have lost money. The annual losses, for a single pool, have ranged from $37,000 to $101,000. Ivywild Pool, an outdoor pool located just off Broadway Avenue by Linden Street, has consistently had the highest losses. Ivywild has cost taxpayers $450,000 over the past five years, but all …

Send Salmon School District officials to detention for likely election law violations

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The Salmon School District has likely violated Idaho election law by using taxpayer dollars to encourage voters to pass a $25.6 million bond, an Idaho Freedom Foundation investigation shows. This potential violation is currently being investigated by a special attorney within the Jefferson County prosecutor’s office, due to letters sent to the Lemhi County Prosecuting Attorney by the Idaho Freedom …

Senate Bill 1138 — Provisional license for electricians

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Bill description: SB 1138 would create a new, provisional license for electricians. Rating: +1 Does it increase barriers to entry into the market? Examples include occupational licensure, the minimum wage, and restrictions on home businesses. Conversely, does it remove barriers to entry into the market? SB 1138 would create a provisional journeyman electrician license. This new license would fill a …

Local government legislative update: Handheld phones, annexation, and record requests

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Senate Bill 1064: Handheld cellphone use in a vehicle Throughout the past couple years, several cities across Idaho (Hailey, Ketchum, Pocatello, Idaho Falls) have passed ordinances prohibiting the use of a handheld device while driving. These municipalities have all passed ordinances that are worded differently, and offer different exceptions to the ban. This has lead to a patchwork of regulation …