BOISE — Mayor David Bieter said in his State of the City address Wednesday that he wants the public to decide which improvements they want to see and are willing to pay for.
That could mean any combination of investment in fire facilities, parks, libraries and Foothills open space. He said he doesn't want the total price tag on the improvements to exceed $50 million, which he predicted would cost the average homeowner about $20 a year.
One of the first steps is to form some kind of committee to initiate a public input process that would include public meetings, open houses and other outreach efforts, Bieter said. The committee would be made up of neighborhood leaders, businesspeople and other stakeholders.
Once the public decides on which improvements they want, the city would hold a bond election that would require two-thirds of votes for passage.
Bieter gave no specific timeline during which the election process would take place. He said he wants to begin identifying key people for the committee in the next couple of weeks.