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 find many actions that compliment liberty and others that do not. Below are select recent local government actions of interest from across the state. There has been a lot of action in municipalities that begin with the letter “C” lately, so …

What the watchdog sniffed out this week

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Hello! I’m Lindsay Atkinson, the new Local Government Policy Analyst for the Idaho Freedom Foundation. I oversee the Save Our Cities program, so I keep an eye on cities, counties, and school districts across Idaho. Every week I find many actions that support liberty and others that do not. Below are a few recent local government actions of interest from …

What fire station construction in the Treasure Valley shows about fiscal responsibility

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Two Treasure Valley cities are wrapped up in similar predicaments. In 2014, Boise passed a bond measure to fund work on five fire department projects. The bond was to cover the cost of four fire-station renovations and the construction of an all-new fire training center. At the time, the projected cost was $17 million. Today, officials predict a $34 million …

Nampa councilors protect residents from future tax hikes

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

In the midst of this budgeting season for municipalities, one city has stood out: Nampa, Idaho. On August 20, the Nampa City Council unanimously voted to disclaim its right to recover the foregone property tax increase for fiscal year 2019 in future years. The tax increase that a taxing district foregoes represents its foregone balance. This balance is the sum …

Canyon County’s sole-source procurement will likely harm taxpayers, hinder innovation

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Canyon County Commissioners will decide August 22 if All Detainment Solutions, a Missouri company, is the only source available to solve the county’s jail overcrowding. When a county determines only one company exists to meet a need they have, they can use sole-source procurement. In other words, the county doesn’t have to hear bids from other companies. In this situation, …

Idaho is placing its prison solution outside of its borders

Lindsay Atkinson Articles

Idaho is facing a serious prison problem. The state doesn’t have enough space for its current inmate population and, worse, analysts worry that, by 2022, the state could be short space for 2,400 inmates. A solution the Idaho Department of Correction has been using for the capacity problem since February 2018 has been to ship some 306 inmates out-of-state, to …