Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Boise County to Vote on Bond/Alamar Judgment


P.O. Box 1300
Idaho City, Idaho  83631
Fax: (208)392-4473

Terry C. Day, District I Commissioner; Jamie A. Anderson, District II Commissioner;             Robert A. Fry, District III Commissioner; Mary T. Prisco, Clerk to the Board

May 8, 2012

Voters to Decide Special Ballot Question

IDAHO CITYNext week, Boise County voters will decide whether to allow Boise County a restricted revenue stream which would allow a loan through the municipal bond market to pay off the Alamar judgment at a lower interest rate.  The Board of County Commissioners truly appreciates the time and interest residents have invested in understanding the special election ballot question.

The Board is grateful to those who have taken the time to attend meetings, read articles, visit Boise County’s website, share emails, engage in conversation and learn about the issues.  When government officials work with citizens in an atmosphere of mutual respect there is a greater opportunity to understand the issues and make reasonable judgments on how to resolve them.

Budget Increase – YES
·         Allows using a bond to refinance Alamar debt
·         Alamar debt paid in full
·         Current 5.5% interest = $713K;Potential 7-year Bond 1.4% interest = $390K;  Potential gross savings of $427K in interest
·         Budget Increase in place only until Alamar “bond” is paid
·         Mandates all budget increases to pay Alamar debt is returned to FY2012 Property Tax ($3.4 million)
·         Forces County to have level or reduced budgets ·         Forces County to follow a strict repayment schedule
§         Use the 3%
§         Use surplus fund balances
§         THEN calculate up to maximum .001 levy rate for the annual payment
·         Creates level of certainty for residents and future investments in Boise County

Budget Increase – NO
·         Alamar debt - $3.15 million at 5.5% interest is still DUE
·         Boise County provides annual income to Alamar at 5.5% interest
·         Starts lawsuit against Idaho Tax Commission
·         Taxpayers will bear the cost of additional attorney fees
·         Boise County will end up paying to resolve the conflict between the State Constitution and State Statutes
Your vote on May 15
 is an opportunity to have a strong voice in public decision-making.  All registered voters may vote on this special election ballot question.  There will be a separate ballot and no party affiliation is required.  Voters may register at the polls.
Keep checking the website for information as it becomes available. Commissioners invite questions and comments.  Please contact: Bob Fry, 208 365-8705, ; Terry Day, 208 392-9505, ; or Jamie Anderson, 208 462-3439, .


  1. While I appreciate the commissioners' hard work on this, my cynicism is just too high this year. It is compounded by Alan Ward's campaign for state office - really? Incredible.

    I will vote NO on everything in Boise County as long as he is on a ballot.

    1. Obviously you don't live in boise county or know Alan Ward. Happily, no one pays attention to people like you.

    2. The measure will likely pass.

      I own a residence in Boise County, I know Alan Ward, and I voted "No" absentee.

    3. I guess math wasn't your best subject in school, if you voted against the measure.

  2. • Boise County provides annual income to Alamar at 5.5% interest.
    This bullet point should be under the no vote column, it was a mistake in the original document. If the question passes we will not have to pay Alamar the 5.5% interest.
    Please vote YES on Tuesday!

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