Rachel Gilbert, a hardliner from bygone years in the Idaho Republican Party, will present this anti-urban renewal screed to the state GOP convention this weekend: "Do you wonder why your property taxes are so high and continue to rise year after year? Do you wonder why cities and counties are forced to raise your property taxes to pay for fire and police protection, schools, streets and roads, the courts, libraries, county sheriff operations, and a host of other essential services for cities and counties? Are you concerned about school levies year after year? Here’s the problem, and it’s huge and complicated: URBAN RENEWAL AGENCIES are eviscerating our property tax base and getting away with it! How does that happen?" More here.
Question: I believe that the GOP hardliners who control state and Kootenai County Republican politics will eventually repeal the state's urban renewal laws. But I take comfort in the fact that they won't be able to turn back the clock on the enormous progress accomplished in Coeur d'Alene with the aid of urban renewal laws. How about you?