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NIC’s Wood Calls Foul On Meeting

Item: Trustee Christie Wood calls foul on NIC meeting/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene

More Info:  A North Idaho College trustee is questioning the legality of a board meeting held earlier this month, and is calling for a motion passed as a result of that meeting to be rescinded. Christie Wood has asked that the board members, when they meet next week, consider canceling the motion made by Ron Nilson and seconded by Todd Banducci. The item is on the agenda for the board's regular monthly meeting on Wednesday. “We often talk about being open and transparent and this was non-transparent,” Wood said. “There was no opportunity for the board to have input.

Question: Do you agree with the concerns raised by Trustee Wood?

NIC Flyers Offer Questionable ‘Facts’

All three Reagan Republican candidates attempting to take over the North Idaho College Board of Trustees were parroting the party line that NIC taxes have soared over the past five years. They never mentioned, of course, that enrollment has soared during that time and that the current board of trustees had the foresight to purchase adjacent land for further expansion. Two flyers hit my mailbox this weekend. One touting Paul Matthews and Todd Banducci, the other, their sidekick in the takeover attempt, Ron Nilson. In the Matthews-Banducci flyer, the challengers made the claim that NIC taxes have gone up a whopping 73 percent. And this: “If divided by the population of Kootenai County, it means almost $600 in new property taxes for every family of four.” Which leads me to believe that someone's telling a whopper here. My NIC taxes have gone up a grand total of $15 in five years.


Reagan Repub Trio Forum No-Shows

If I wrote a “Cheers & Jeers” column, like Marty Trillhaase's in the Lewiston Tribune, I'd give jeers to the three North Idaho College trustee challengers endorsed by the county Reagan Republicans who missed the Kootenai County Democratic Club luncheon at noon today — Todd Banducci, Paul Matthews & Ron Nilson. Is it possible that all three have legitimate excuses not to attend this important forum — one of two scheduled this fall? (They were attending Kootenai County “Women In Red” luncheon featuring First Lady Lori Otter.) Are they afraid of Democrats? This underscores the notion that the Reagan Republicans have introduced a poisonous partisan element into these nonpartisan races. NIC trustees are suppose to represent all. The. College. District. Patrons — not just a subset of the local Kootenai County GOP. F'shame. And a H/T to the five candidates who attended, introduced themselves and provided their vision for the future of North Idaho College: Trustee Judy Meyer (Seat A), Trustee Mic Armon (Seat B), and Seat C challengers Fritz Widenhoff, Gary Coffman and Dean Haagenson. Two other challengers who failed to attend were James W. (Jim) Ruch and Vickie Ambrosetti.

Wiseguy: Nilson, Matthews and Banducci were at the Kootenai Republican Women’s “Women in Red ” Lunch at the CDA INN during the “debate.” I suspect they would attend this event by an organization whose membership supports them (there was a Powerpoint display on their behalf) as opposed to an ambush by the Kootenai Democrat Party — who have already (before the debate) endorsed their opponents Meyer, Armon and Hagenson.

Question: Wiseguy points out that Nilson, Matthews & Banducci were at a Kootenai County GOP “Women In Red” luncheon. Is that more important than a debate featuring your challengers, including the incumbent trustees at a Democratic luncheon — one of two scheduled debates this fall?

Armon: Challengers’ Tax Claim Bogus

From Trustee Mic Armon re: claims by challengers Paul Matthews and Todd Banducci that North Idaho College taxes increased by 107% between 2007 and now:

Regarding the statement that both Paul & Todd use in their campaign flyers that “The current NIC Board has doubled our tax rate since 2007; a 107% increase in the middle of a recession”. Here are the actual facts: Property Taxes paid by residents of Kootenai County in FY2007 $7,994,105. Taxes paid in FY2012 $13,364,250 ($2,380,000 was foregone taxes taken to fund the purchase of the Ed. Corridor) Total increase since 2007 with the purchase of the Ed. Corridor is equal to a 67% increase, but total to educational funding ( minus the cost of the Ed. Corridor) is 37%. The idea of doubling or 107% increase is totally false. Also in that same time frame, the enrollment increased by 2237 students or 46%, and tuition increased by 53%


NIC Challengers To Speak To RRs

Reagan Republican/Strategery Group candidates Todd Banducci and Paul Matthews will address the noon luncheon of the Kootenai County Reagan Republicans at Fedora restaurant today. Banducci is running against incumbent North Idaho College Trustee Mic Armon, while Matthews opposes incumbent Trustee Judy Meyer, a former member of the Idaho Board of Education whose family donated $1M to the Health & Science building. In his campaign literature, Matthews says: “The NIC Board of Trustees has raised our taxes each year since 2007 and the tax rate has increased a total of 107% in just five years. We've tightened our belts, it is time the NIC Board of Trustees did the same thing.”

Question: Just curious. In real dollars, how much has the NIC budget affected the tax bill of the average property tax owner in Kootenai County? Also, for kicks, I'd like to know how much the Ron Nilson-backed KTEC school (which I voted for) has affected the tax bill of the average property tax owner.

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