Now comes the hard part: Boise council puts bonds on ballot

sberg@idahostatesman.comSeptember 10, 2013 

What exactly did council members do? They approved ballot language for two bond issues. One would authorize the city to borrow $17.2 million for upgrades to four fire stations and construction of a new fire training facility. The other would put $5.5 million into city parks and $10 million into open space purchases.

What’s next? The city has until Sept. 16 to submit its chosen ballot language to the county clerk. After that, the city has until the Nov. 5 election to convince Boise voters to support the bond issues.

What are the bonds’ chances? So far, there’s been little organized opposition to Mayor David Bieter’s proposal. But for the measures to pass, two-thirds of voters must cast ballots in favor of them. That’s a high bar — one the city failed to hurdle in 2006, when it asked residents to pass a $35 million bond issue to build four branch libraries around Boise.

Read the ballot language: Click here for the text the city will present to voters in November.

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