$34 million dollar bond a possibility for Boise voters in November
By Josh Altic
Boise, Idaho: On August 8, the city of Boise announced plans for a $34 million dollar bond measure that would go on the November election ballot if it is approved by the city council. $18.5 million was designed to fund public safety, $10 million was earmarked for open space development and acquisition; and the remaining $5.5 million would be used for parks. The city plans estimate the taxes for the average homeowner in the city to increase by $13 per year if this measure is put on the ballot and approved by voters. Below are the proposed uses of the bond money:
- Build a new fire training facility on city-owned land near the West Boise Wastewater Treatment Plant on Joplin Road: $6.85 million.
- Rebuild undersized Fire Station No. 4, Ustick Road and Milwaukee Street: $2,554,000.
- Rebuild deteriorating Fire Station No. 5, S. 16th Street: $2.5 million.
- Relocate Fire Station No. 8, Overland Road and Roosevelt Street, to the east for better coverage: $3.2 million.
- Remodel outdated Fire Station No. 9, State Street and Collister Drive, to bring it up to code: $1.3 million.
- Build a new police station in the Downtown Boise area: $1.95 million, plus another $1.95 million in impact fees.
- Borah Park, 801 S. Aurora Drive: Develop four additional city-owned acres and add amenities, including a volleyball court and a dog-off-leash area; $525,000.
- Franklin Park, southwest corner of Franklin Road and Orchard Street: Acquire a former Boise school site and develop a three-acre park; $760,000.
- Liberty Park, 520 N. Liberty St.: Develop 2.5 city-owned acres and add amenities such as Little League fields and restrooms; $835,000.
- Milwaukee Park, 3950 N. Milwaukee St.: Add amenities, including a basketball court and restrooms; $335,000.
- Pine Grove Park, 8995 W. Shoup near Maple Grove and the Flying Wye: Develop four city-owned acres into a new park with picnic shelters, basketball courts, a playground and a dog park; $1,129,339.
- Sterling Park, 9851 Irving St. off Fairview Avenue between Maple Grove and Five Mile roads: Develop eight city-owned acres into a new park with picnic shelters, tennis and basketball courts, a water spray pad, and a dog park; $1,893,636.
- Acquire more preservation land in the Foothills