BOISE, Idaho -- The May elections are in the books. While few people turned out to vote, the ones that did, determined the future for a number of communities, and their economies.


Voters in the Greater Boise Auditorium District elected one incumbent, Peter Oliver, and voted in two new board-members -- Steve Berch and Jim Walker.

The voters that I talked to, they were about action, said Walker. I feel like that's the mandate I have been elected on, to go in and take action.

Walker says he'd like the board to take a long look at expanding or building a new convention center. Also, he says they might finally build a new multi-use stadium for the Boise Hawks, which has been talked about for years. The bottom line, he wants the board to spend money it has, to make money.

We need folks from out of our area, in town, spending money with our merchants, and staying in our hotels, said Walker. Whichever project maximizes that goal, is the goal we need to pursue. Money just can't simply sit on the sideline, like it has for so long.


In Eagle, voters approved a bond for the city to buy, instead of lease, City Hall. Mayor Jim Reynolds says it will save about $167,000 a year, which the city can put into commercial growth.

We're trying to grow in a balanced way, said Reynolds. Bob McQuade was out the other day, our tax assessor, and he pointed out that we're 20% commercial, and 80% residential. That's not a healthy balance. So, we're going to work on trying to grow that commercial side.


Over in Canyon County, the Vallivue School District passed a $50 million bond, allowing them to build a new high school in the eastern part of the district. Superintendent Dr. Pat Charlton says the district has already been approached by developers wanting the school to go in near their property, because of the growth that will come with it.

It will change the nature of Vallivue forever, said Charlton. Because, it will, no doubt, spur development on the east side of the district.


Meanwhile, over in the Emmett School District, voters chose not to approve a $1.5 million levy. District leaders say they'll have to make some major cuts, but voters didn't want the tax increase.

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