Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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City Council votes to place bond package on November ballot

The Boise City Council today voted unanimously to place on the November ballot a bond package to enhance public safety, protect critical natural areas and improve and expand parks in underserved neighborhoods.

The package will appear on the November 5, 2013 general election ballot.

“Boise is a great place to live because over the years we have chosen to make the needed investments to ensure our city is safe and has the open spaces and parks our children need,” Mayor David Bieter said. “It is time we renew that commitment to ensure that Boise’s high livability is a legacy for future generations.”

The $32.9 million package includes $16.9 million to improve neighborhood safety and emergency response services by building a new fire training facility and rebuilding four aging fire stations; $15.5 million to protect critical natural areas, wildlife habitat and clean water and to improve and expand parks in underserved neighborhoods; and required bond issuance costs. One hundred percent of bond proceeds will be used for the specified purposes as verified by annual independent audits. Repair and construction projects will incorporate energy, water, and other conservation measures.  

If approved, the bond is estimated to cost the average homeowner around $12 per year.