M. Thomas



July, 2018

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Supported a comment by Christine King on Main Library Campus 3 years, 5 months ago
Christine King
Thomas, you make a good point about the design. I was appalled that the city had not seemingly had a plan for The Cabin until after a public outcry. The Cabin was informed the day before the plan was unveiled, then the city was 50% under on the expense of moving. I would guess they were simply going to raze the building. The city has been asked about library patrons having to pay for parking, they "hope" the first two hours will be free. There are a number of disadvantaged (not necessarily homeless) people who have vehicles and spend a good bit of time at the library, they can't afford parking,
Supported a comment by Thomas J Beatty on Main Library Campus 3 years, 5 months ago
Thomas J Beatty
And I'm a little disappointed that Parking wasn't part of the original design concept. In fact, I think that the design went looking for a library, rather than the library - and it's requirements ( the Cabin, Parking, etc) - went looking for a design.
Supported a comment by Diane Ronayne on Main Library Campus 3 years, 5 months ago
Diane Ronayne
Thanks for announcing the public hearing. It should read "A public hearing on the initiative PROCESS OPTIONS will be held... ." Many of us will be watching to see what the council decides to do!
Supported a comment by E.B. Schofield on Main Library Campus 3 years, 8 months ago
E.B. Schofield
City of Boise - No new taxes and no increase in taxes? Can you guarantee that without shuffling and spinning numbers? Boise City has increased taxes at the statutorily allowed 3% per year, year over year. I have yet to read any City financial reports or watched any budget sessions where the City opts for NOT taking the 3% increase. If such exist, please provide an answer as to where I can view the proof that taxes have not increased in the past, and therefore will not increase in the future. Adding a $85-$103 million dollar project and saying this will not increase taxes is fooling yourself, but not the public. A "new" tax - if in the form of a levy - would actually be a postitive view point, as this would mean the citizens were fully included and voted in support for a project and the debt they will be obligated to pay.
Commented on Main Library Campus 3 years, 8 months ago
More and more property taxes are diverted into CCDC by taking larger and larger swaths of our city as urban renewal districts. Values are rising regardless of URDs. What would our property tax bills look like with no URDs in place?
Commented on Main Library Campus 3 years, 8 months ago
City of Boise - no new taxes? How will the $35 million in lease financing payments be paid? How will the parts being cut out now for “value engineering” be paid for in future years when they are added (events center, arts & history if cut)? What is the 5year estimate for increases to maintenance, operations, and personnel? What guarantee do we have that this project will not meet “unexpected cost overruns” like the recent bond-supported fire station? There is no reason not to give us a vote on a library bond. Let us vote!