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Boise looks at bond for city improvements

Boise looks at bond for city improvements

By James Cramer. CREATED Aug 8, 2013

The City of Boise announced today that a bond which would cost homeowners roughly $13 dollars extra per year could improve public safety, improve emergency response services, protect natural areas, and improve neighborhoods.


“We should be proud of the City we have today, but if we are to maintain our safety and our livability we must make critical investments in our future,” Mayor David Bieter said. “We have the best firefighters in the country, but their training facilities and fire stations are so old and out-of-date they fail to meet the National Fire Protection Associations minimum standards. We can’t turn our backs on the people who watch ours. We have a responsibility to provide the tools they need to protect us.”


The City will be presenting the details of the bond in three open house meetings on August 19th, 21st, and the 22nd at various locations throughout Boise.


The bond would use $18.35 million dollars to upgrade and replace four aging fire stations and build a new fire training facility. The money would also help construct a central police district which would improve emergency response times, increase downtown safety, and maximize the amount of time police would have to patrol.


$10 million dollars of the bond would for the preservation of open space in the Boise foothills and other natural areas which would protect wildlife, and water sources.


“Open space plays a clear role in protecting our clean water,” Council member Lauren McLean said. “From the Foothills to the Boise River, our natural areas protect our watershed and maintain the delicate balance of our high desert environment. We have a responsibility to be good stewards, maintaining a legacy we can be proud of for our children and grandchildren.”


$5.5 million would be to purchase and develop three new parks and add park components to three existing sites that would meet the City’s standard for neighborhood parks.


“Giving our children greater access to parks and natural areas and teaching them the importance of staying healthy through physical exercise ensures that the things that make Boise such a wonderful place to live are passed on and protected for generations to come,” Council President Maryanne Jordan said.


The City will be presenting the bond measures at the following locations for public input:


• Monday, August 19, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
MORLEY NELSON COMMUNITY CENTER
7701 W. Northview St., Boise
• Wednesday, August 21, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
GRACE JORDAN COMMUNITY CENTER
6411 W. Fairfield Ave., Boise
• Thursday, August 22, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
BOISE CITY HALL – 3rd Floor Council Chambers
150 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise


Any residents who are unable to attend the public open houses can submit comments to the Mayor and City Council by calling the Mayor’s Office at 208-384-4422.


Following the public process, the City Council will consider whether to place the proposed package on the November ballot.