Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A House lawmaker has made several changes to his bill aimed at stopping Boise from charging property owners for a new streetcar without asking them first. Rep. Raul Labrador, an Eagle Republican, introduced a similar measure earlier, but city officials from across Idaho objected to several provisions. Labrador's new bill, introduced Friday in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, requires projects financed with $500,000 in bonds to win support of two-thirds of a district property owners. That's up from $250,000, which some Idaho city leaders said was too low. And instead of a vote on a project, his new bill foresees owners of property inside a proposed "local improvement district" signing a petition, instead. Boise, which wants a $60 million streetcar project, argues existing Idaho laws protect property owners while still allowing for economic development.
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