Boise mayor proposes no-tax $17 million bond for fire facilities

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Boise's mayor will once again aim to get a bond passed by voters to help upgrade its fire facilities around town.

Mayor Dave Bieter announced in his State of the City address a new no-tax bond to fund about $17 million in fire facilities. A similar proposal was introduced to voters last year, however, voters turned it down.

This year, however, the mayor says, the bond would not raise taxes. The bond will require a two-thirds majority.

"Many of Boise's fire facilities simply do not live up to the standards that Boise's bravest deserve," Mayor Bieter said. "The fire measure last year earned a landslide 64 percent support but fell just short. If the city council approves, we feel this no-tax bond could get us over the top and get our firefighters the facilities they need and deserve.

Bieter says he will present the fire proposal to the city council in the coming months, which will then decide whether to place the proposal on the ballot come November.

Other highlights of the address:

SkyWest Airlines will site a new maintenance facility at the Boise Airport within an existing hangar at the Jackson Jet Center.

The facility will perform maintenance on up to three aircraft per night and offer competitive salaries for the new jobs created at the facility. SkyWest is one of the leading air service providers in the country, with 334 aircraft, and over 10,000 employees.

A new neighborhood program in the Vista area that will combine every tool at the city's disposal to elevate the neighborhood and improve the lives of its residents.

Efforts will include improved housing and transportation choices; enhanced economic development and crime prevention activities; neighborhood art and placemaking projects; and a number of innovative sustainability efforts. If successful, this model will be used in other neighborhoods across the city.