Boise bonds fail to get two-thirds vote needed to pass

Boise bonds fail to get two-thirds vote needed to pass

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan and Mayor Dave Bieter watch election results on their mobile phones Tuesday evening.

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 1:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 8:00 AM

BOISE – Boise voters have narrowly rejected two bond measures that would have funded a new training facility for firefighters, improvements at four fire stations, allow for the purchase of more land in the foothills and create more city parks.

Each measure needed two-thirds voter approval, but fell just short of that.

Here are the unofficial results:

Boise Fire Safety Bond

  • 64% Yes (16,050 votes)
  • 36% No (9,011 votes)

Boise Parks and Open Space Bond

  • 62% Yes (15,454 votes)
  • 38% No (9,658)

Boise Fire Chief Dennis Doan explained what the failure of the fire safety bond means to his department and residents.

“We won’t have a training facility, which is pretty important, and then also this is gonna help some response times, we won’t be able to fix those problems immediately,” said Doan.

Doan says the Boise Fire Department’s current training facility is around 50 years old and does not provide realistic training for recruits.

Opponents like Mike Tracy argued that this was not the time to be asking taxpayers for more money. He said the mayor and city council should have addressed public safety issues within the existing budget.

The fire facilities bond asked taxpayers to pay more than $26 million in principal and interest over the next 20 years.

Mayor Dave Bieter also backed a $15 million open space bond to purchase more land in the foothills, along the Boise River, and to create parks in southwest Boise.

In 2001, Boise voters passed a $10 million levy to preserve open space, and $8.5 million of that has been spent. Supporters say it was time to recommit to the cause.

Tracy said the city already has enough open space and still has money left from the 2001 levy to buy additional land.

Click here for the full list of election results. To see them on the mobile app, go to the Election Results tab.

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