Boise Working Together held a news conference Tuesday to announce they were turning in another batch of signature to the Boise City Clerk. They say they have now turned in more than 7,000 voter signatures.
To get the two issues on the ballot, 4,962 signatures would be required.BWT says it turned in 7,060 signatures on the Boise Sports Park and 7,218 signatures on the library project.
This process is separate from a new law that the Idaho Legislature approved earlier this year to require public votes for more projects using urban renewal funds.
David Klinger with BWT says signature collectors canvassed across the city.
“They want a vote. They want greater engagement and involvement in the growth of Boise. Our petition drive gets them this voice.”
The signatures must be certified before ballot issues are placed.
“We want to say to the voters of the City of Boise: you’re welcome,” Adelia Simplot with Boise Working Together said. “We’ve done the work for you, and now you can have your say this fall.”
As the news conference went on, a representative for communications firm Strategies 360, which represents ballpark developer Greenstone Properties, observed.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter issued a statement claiming the voters who didn’t sign the petition show grassroots support for the projects.
“This process activated the thousands of Boiseans who support these projects and refused to sign the petition,” he said in a prepared release. “That grassroots support shows that Boiseans understand the benefits of these projects and want to see them happen.”