Voters reject bond proposals at the polls

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- It was a close call for two Boise city bond proposals totaling $33 million, but after results were fully tallied, the proposals did not receive the majority vote needed.

The two proposals needed a majority vote, or about 67 percent approval, and both just missed the cut. The public safety bond proposal received 64 percent of votes and the open spaces bond proposal got 62 percent of votes.

Mayor Dave Bieter and Fire Chief, Dennis Doan, were among 200 supporters of the Boise bond proposals that gathered for an elections watch party at the Basque Center Tuesday night. They were hopeful the bonds would get passed.

"Well I'm excited, the hay's in the barn and it's time to see what happens and I'm really positive," said Fire Chief Doan. "I think the fire bond is going to pass."

In the end, a small gap between the majority vote kept the public safety bond and the open space bond from passing. Boise Fire Chief, Dennis Doan, told KBOI 2News that the fire department will need to gets funds by requesting upgrades as part of the normal budget process just like with libraries, parks and other departments.

"We worked really hard.Everything we set out to do in the campaign, we did, we raised even a little more money than we set out to. We ID'd more voters and made more calls, sent more mailings, really, in the end, that's all you can do," Mayor Dave Bieter said.

You may remember, the public safety bond would have been used to make improvements to four fire stations and build a new fire training facility. It had a price tag of $17 million.

The second bond proposal targeted open spaces and parks and was worth $15.5 million. Ten million of that would have been used to purchase open spaces, mainly near the foothills and the other $5.5 million was for the purchase and development of six Boise parks.

In 2000, a $10 million levy was passed to preserve open space, and only $1.5 million of that money is left. Supporters of that levy wanted more money to be allocated to purchasing open spaces once that money runs out.

Together the bonds would have cost taxpayers an extra $12 a year.