Boise & Garden City

Terra Nativa developers get tax relief, too

Three weeks ago, Ada County commissioners exempted six properties — five with deteriorating homes on them — in the Terra Nativa subdivision of the Boise Foothills from 2017 property taxes.

On Tuesday, the commissioners canceled 2016’s property taxes on five bare lots that Terra Nativa’s developers own in the same subdivision. Four of the lots are owned by Terra Nativa, LLP, a company controlled by Timothy Day and Richard Pavelek. County records list Day as the individual owner of the fifth lot.

Together, Day and Terra Nativa, LLP owed more than $62,000 in delinquent property taxes dating back to 2015. Tuesday’s cancellation that commissioners approved Tuesday reduced that amount by $32,000.

Over the past 14 months, five homes on Alto Via Court in the Terra Nativa development have sustained extensive damage as the ground under them slides slowly downhill.

Besides being the developers of the Terra Nativa subdivision, Day and Pavelek are defendants in a lawsuit in which the owners of the damaged homes accuse them of failing to discover the fact that the ground under the homes was a landslide area.

The trial is scheduled for next April.