Mayor Bieter: 'We'll figure it out,' after bonds get denied

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- After Boise voters reject two bond proposals that totaled $33 million, Mayor Dave Bieter says they're trying to figure out what comes next.

A majority vote was needed to pass the bonds, which is about 67 percent in agreement, and both were turned down just a few percentage points shy of that. But Mayor Bieter says he's optimistic about the results of Tuesday night and confident with the amount of people that voted "yes."

"When 64 percent of your citizens go out and vote to raise their taxes that's a very important thing," Bieter said.

The bonds together would have cost taxpayers an extra $12 a year for the next 20 years.

"At some point in the finances of the city, what we needed to do was go out and see where we were, and now we know we're very close," Bieter said. "And we'll find a way to fund these important services and needs."

The Boise fire department says four of their stations are past their life use, and they cannot perform proper training skills at their current training facility. And a levy that was passed in 2000, for buying more open spaces, is almost dried up.

Mayor Bieter says a way to fund these areas is to go back to the polls. He says maybe a two year levy, where only 50 percent of voters need to vote in favor, or a smaller bond package is the answer.

"We'll figure it out," the mayor said. "And I'm confident that we'll do that."