Boise to hold public hearing on adoption of stadium and library petitions

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The Boise City Council voted Tuesday to rearrange its calendar to hold a public hearing on the citizen initiative petitions put forward by Boise Working Together.

The Ada County Clerk certified the two separate petitions that, if adopted, would require public votes for certain library or stadium projects.

A provision in Idaho State Code requires a public hearing of the Boise City Council to consider adopting the petitions instead of putting them to a vote.

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The ballot initiatives are not themselves about the library or stadium – but rather requiring a future public vote on the projects. Organizers termed this a “vote for a vote.”

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If the Boise City Council adopted the petitions, it would then mean any qualifying project would go to voters – negating the need for two separate votes for each project.

On June 25th at 6 p.m., the council will hold the public hearing and vote whether to adopt one or both of the petitions into city code.

One note: if city council adopts the petitions, it could later amend or repeal the language. If the council decides not to adopt the petitions, they would go on the November ballot for voters to decide.

Boise Working Together advocated the council adopt the petitions to cut down confusion around the “vote for a vote” issue.

Earlier this spring, council members indicated openness to putting possible public involvement in a stadium project up for an advisory vote, but were later informed that state law did not allow this. Council members did not indicate support for requiring a vote on the library.

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