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Panel Dumps Anti-Urban Renewal Bill

Urban renewal might not be popular with Idaho’s legislators, but lawmakers aren’t ready to eliminate the districts just yet. After two days of testimony, the House Local Government Committee voted 5-4 Tuesday to hold a bill that would eliminate urban renewal districts in Idaho. During the testimony, the committee heard arguments for and against the bill. Former state Sen. Rachel Gilbert of Boise called urban renewal “food stamps for businesses.” “I’ve watched urban renewal districts grow across this state. There are now 70 urban renewal districts across the state of Idaho,” Gilbert said. Those districts took $52 million from the property tax base in Idaho, she said, adding that the free market should determine which businesses succeed/Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.

Question: Would you like to see urban renewal districts eliminated altogether in Idaho?

Sims Proposes URA Board Elections

Rep. Kathy Sims, R-Coeur d'Alene, proposed legislation to require county-wide elections for urban renewal boards. “I can't believe that I'm finally here and I'm finally talking about urban renewal,” she told the House Local Government Committee. “It's been on my mind for many years. … To a great extent urban renewal taxpayer dollars have been abused by many throughout the state. … That's what happens when the law is incorrectly written - predators move in and they exploit its good intentions”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Should urban renewal law in Idaho be reined in, dumped altogether, or left alone?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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