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Sven Berg: Frazier v. GBAD is finally over — right?

In the 2005 movie "Thank You For Smoking," Nick Naylor, the main character, doesn't hesitate when his son asks him why American government is the best.

"Because of our endless appeals system," Naylor says.

Most people would disagree with that, of course. I certainly would.

But Naylor was right about one thing. American courts' appeals system seems to go on forever.

That's how it's felt in the David Frazier vs. Greater Boise Auditorium District case. On Monday, the Idaho Supreme Court denied a petition from Frazier, Boise's anti-establishment watchdog, to rehear his dispute of the district's funding mechanism for a new ballroom and other space in the City Center Plaza project under construction on the Grove Plaza.

I won't get into the details of that funding mechanism here. Suffice it to say the district now has authority to use Boise's urban renewal agency as a pass-through for borrowed money to build the ballroom.

In June 2014, the district asked for a judge to sign off on this process. Frazier resisted. He and his attorney argued the district was just trying to get around the Idaho Constitution's requirement that government bodies, auditorium districts included, get a two-thirds voter approval before taking on long-term debt.

Judge Melissa Moody sided with Frazier. The district responded by asking for a second opinion. Again, Judge Lynn Norton rejected the district's case.

In April of this year, the district appealed to the Idaho Supreme Court. On Oct. 15, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that overturned the lower court's decision.

Not to be outdone on the judicial back-and-forth front, Frazier asked for a rehearing of the case Nov. 5.

The denial of that request appears to put a final stamp on the long, tortured judicial trip. Frazier said he won't pursue the case. Since it's an Idaho Constitution matter, I'm not sure he could even if he wanted.

Assuming the case is over, the district can now use its considerable savings to pay for a remodel of its existing convention space as well as a skybridge connecting the existing space to the ballroom building. District leaders say that'll allow them to wrap up all three projects much more quickly than if they had to wait to accumulate cash for them.

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