Boise's Mayor Proposes Two Bonds, Average Property Tax Bill Would Increase

Sep 4, 2013

The Boise City Council approved changes to the mayor’s bond proposal Wednesday, moving it one step closer to November's ballot.

The most significant change was to split the bond in two. One question will ask voters to pay more in property taxes for parks and open spaces, and the second would funnel more money to Boise's fire department.

Credit City of Boise

Mayor Dave Bieter also removed funding for a new police station from the proposal. That brings the cost of the bonds down slightly.

If both bonds pass and you own a home in Boise worth $184,000, your tax bill would increase by $12 per year.

If it passes, this would be the first bond to get the thumbs up during Bieter’s almost 10 years as mayor. He admits that getting the necessary two-thirds vote from taxpayers is a tall order. In 2006 a library bond failed.

“Anybody that’s confident in a two-thirds majority is probably lying to you because it’s a hard one," says Bieter. "But as good as you can feel about a threshold that high, is the way I feel.”

Bieter says since he first floated the idea during his State of the City address in June, the bond has been gaining momentum. He says people are invested in the idea, but they also haven’t been shy to offer suggestions. He says Wednesday's revisions to the bond proposal reflect those suggestions.  

The final version goes before the city council on Sept. 10.