Boise media, incumbent candidates fail to tackle the No. 1 problem: property taxes

Wayne Hoffman Articles, SMART Boise Leave a Comment

By Wayne Hoffman | President If you’re a candidate for public office and you’re not talking about property taxes, what’s wrong with you? Especially in the state’s largest city, being a candidate for mayor in Boise must naturally necessitate answering questions about the rapidity and unsustainability of annual property tax increases.  The issue is fair game, the No. 1 issue …

Bieter’s tax-and-spend plan is not heaven on Earth

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As Boise residents tearfully describe how rising property taxes are forcing them out of their homes, what’s Mayor Dave Bieter concerned about? Acquiring electric garbage trucks. Tackling climate change. And, a city government initiative to promote kindness. In his annual State of the City address days ago, Bieter rattled off a list of government expansions and programs, seemingly oblivious to …

Release: Boise City Hall squanders $144 million, property taxes continue to skyrocket

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff Press Release, SMART Boise Leave a Comment

BOISE, ID—This week, the Idaho Freedom Foundation released a report that details more than $144 million in wasteful spending by Boise city officials. Said wasteful spending leads to high property taxes for residents and businesses. The 208-page report, “Are you kidding me, Boise?”, reveals how city officials waste tax dollars on myriad pet projects. Select findings from the report include:  …

House Bill 217 could mean a vote on the Boise stadium, but only certain circumstances would lead to a vote on the library

Lindsay Atkinson Articles, SMART Boise

Yesterday, Idaho legislators introduced House Bill 217, that would require a public vote before urban renewal dollars could be spent on public projects, such as a library or stadium. The significance of this bill expands all across Idaho, for any city with an urban renewal agency, but it has particular promise for the proposed library and stadium projects in Boise. …

Boise residents deserve, at the very least, an advisory vote on big-budget projects

Lindsay Atkinson Articles, SMART Boise

Recently, Boise city attorney Natalie Mendoza asserted that a direct vote on the library and stadium projects would be unconstitutional, based on state law. This statement came as feedback on the ballot initiative submitted to the city by Boise Working Together—a group that wants voter input on two big-budget projects. Her reason for claiming unconstitutionality: To have a binding vote …