Letters to the Editor

Bieter letter: Thank you

On Election Day, Boise voters proved that honesty in government is a value that matters — despite the national political narrative.

In September, the City of Boise discovered an honest mistake in the paperwork for the Open Space and Clean Water levy. It was an embarrassing error that would have halved our ability to expand protections for the Foothills and the Boise River. Boiseans originally embraced the levy with 76 percent of the vote in 2015.

We immediately informed the public and found a remedy, which was Nov. 7’s vote to amend the original levy allowing us to collect the full $10 million for the fund. Boiseans responded in a big way with 83 percent of the vote — a huge number in any election.

I cannot express how grateful I am to be part of a community that values not only open space and clean water this ardently, but also honesty and openness in government. The easy path for voters was to dismiss the amendment and not give us an opportunity to make it right. Instead Boiseans underlined their commitment to our natural environment and set a great example for our children about the importance of government accountability.

A very heartfelt thank you.

David Bieter, mayor, City of Boise