Sniffed out: Inconsistency between private and public historic preservation in Boise

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

In early August, the City of Boise implemented a 182-day moratorium that prevents the demolition, alteration, or relocation of homes located between Main and Idaho Streets and 1st and 2nd Streets. The moratorium was a reaction to rumors surrounding the fate of the historic home at 140 W. Main St., which falls within these boundaries. The owner, Bill Hon, had …

Sniffed out: A new urban renewal district will increase property taxes

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In early December, the city of Boise will decide whether or not to accept the Capital City Development Corporation’s proposal for a new urban renewal district. What residents of the city should know is that the proposed Gateway East District will raise property taxes, specifically for those city residents who are not living within the proposed district’s boundaries. The formation …

Sniffed out: charitable giving via taxation

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In early October, the Ammon City Council implemented a charitable contribution policy, to give up to $20,000 of taxpayer monies a year to private, nonprofit organizations. The Idaho Freedom Foundation’s Harrison Smith informed city officials that the policy violated the Idaho Constitution’s Gift Clause. In response, the city of Ammon suspended the policy. The Gift Clause is a crucial part …

Sniffed Out: Some Boise neighborhoods rake in leaves and tax dollars

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

“Energize Our Neighborhoods” might sound like the residential sales team of an energy company, or a campaign to get families to buy battery packs with a certain pink bunny on them. However, this term is really the name for a department in the city of Boise which distributes tax dollars for neighborhood beautification projects, most commonly in already affluent neighborhoods. …

A disappearing art: Here then gone in two months

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A first-of-its-kind mural for Boise was recently created at the intersection of Eighth and Fulton Streets. The mural was literally painted on the road. However, just two months later, that mural has been removed. Why? Well, the Reflections mural, painted by local artist Jason Keeble, could not stand up to the recent rainfall. So this project, which was slated to …

What the watchdogs sniffed out this week

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Every week, as I read through the news, attend county and city meetings, and hear comments from residents, I learn more about the complicated pool of local-government authority. Below are recent noteworthy actions by local governments across the state. Boise. On October 28, a $9,000 street mural was removed from the intersection of Eighth and Fulton Streets in Boise. The …