Letters to the Editor

Open space levy

Sometimes, we as a community do things right.

The Boise conservation and recreation community joined forces with former Mayor Brent Coles to pass the first $10 million Boise Foothills Open Space levy in May 2001. It was such a thrill to be part of that campaign and watch a huge cross-section of our community rally in support of the Boise Foothills.

Over the last 14 years, the city has protected 10,800 acres of open space with a market value of $37.75 million. They selected the best, highest-priority lands for purchase, creating new hiking, running and biking trails that we love to experience time and time again. The quality of life we’ve created helps bring more new businesses and active people to our community.

Now that the first go-round of open space funds are almost depleted, it’s wonderful to see Mayor Bieter and the Boise City Council propose a second $10 million open space levy, this time to benefit the Boise River corridor as well as the Foothills.

We must vote yes Tuesday to further enhance public access, wildlife habitat, clean water and open space in our community for today and future generations. It’s the right thing to do.

Steve Stuebner, Boise