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Only 1 Urban Renewal Bill Still Alive

Idaho lawmakers considered 10 different pieces of reforms to urban renewal agencies this year, but so far just one plan that passed the Senate Tuesday has a chance to become law if signed by the governor and if changes are approved by the House. The legislation puts some additional limits and transparency requirements on urban renewal planning, though some plans left on the table went further. ... The legislation approved by the Senate mostly adds limits to new URAs, not existing agencies. They would have a 20-year lifespan for issuing bonds on collected tax dollars. It also limits districts to expanding in size just once, with the new land being connected to the rest of the district and no more than a 10 percent size increase/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here.

Question: Are you surprised only one piece of anti-urban renewal agency legislation appears to have survived the legislative process?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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