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The city of Boise’s latest proposed budget contains a number of spending items that should raise the eyebrows of anyone who advocates small government and fiscal restraint. The proposed budget also contains a number of proposals that are not the
In early June, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean distributed a news release in which she pledged not to raise taxes in the midst of a pandemic. Within a month, the first-term mayor has broken her promise. McLean’s first budget, released last
I haven’t bought an Idaho Statesman since I left the newspaper’s employment 15 years ago. I have long maintained it’s wrong, even in the slightest, to put my money behind a media outlet that aspires to be the Official Fishwrap
Most discussions of municipal budgets are based on topline numbers, percentages of increase and growth, and perhaps a nod to significant new expenditures and public works. These things are important, no doubt, but often the most interesting components of such
Currently, when a property owner is given an annual property tax bill, certain information has to be present on that bill. This includes the parcel number and market value of the property being taxed, the state, county, and city where it is located, each separate tax on the property, and any delinquencies on the property.
At the beginning of each year, 105 elected representatives gather in Idaho’s Capitol building to pass new laws governing Idahoans’ daily lives. This gathering is called Idaho’s legislative session. The 2020 legislative session was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic,