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'Honest mistake' means city of Boise may consider foothills ballot measure

The city said on Friday that an amendment for the Boise City Open Space and Clean Water fund is needed because of a clerical error in paperwork filed with Ada County that helps set the City of Boise’s general fund tax levy each year. (File Photo)

The Boise City Council will considering asking voters in November to amend a $10 million levy for the protection of the Boise Foothills after staff members found a costly $5 million accounting error.

The city said on Friday that an amendment for the Boise City Open Space and Clean Water fund is needed because of a clerical error in paperwork filed with Ada County that helps set the City of Boise’s general fund tax levy each year.

The ballot will ask voters to amend the levy so it can collect revenue in fiscal years 2018 and 2019 rather than 2017 and 18 which the original ballot measure stated.

“An honest, easily-made mistake in our paperwork – a single line left unfilled in one form – means that we haven’t been collecting revenue for the Open Space and Clean Water fund during this fiscal year," said Boise mayor Dave Bieter. "We think voters will gladly help us correct this mistake to ensure those protections reach their full potential.”

The city council will consider the ballot language for the amendment on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Boise City Hall.

The 2015 levy was overwhelmingly approved by 74 percent of voters.


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