A group of residents opposed to elements of a special taxing district in SE Boise are suing a board made up of city council members. It marks a second legal action in an escalating fight over the community infrastructure district established in a portion of the Harris Ranch neighborhood.
The lawsuit was filed in Fourth District Court Friday. The Harris Ranch Community Infrastructure district sued for judicial review, asking a judge to roll back several payments for reimbursements on projects in the Harris Ranch neighborhood.
The Harris Ranch CID was established by the City of Boise in Boise’s Barber Valley. The special taxing district charges an extra levy on a property owner’s tax bill – which goes to infrastructure improvements. It is administered by a board consisting of three members of Boise City Council – currently TJ Thomson, Elaine Clegg, and Holli Woodings.
Now, the Harris Ranch CID Taxpayers’ Association is repeating many of the claims it has made over the summer and fall in a series of letters to the board in its petition for judicial review. It wants the court to stop a $7.1 million payment to the project’s developers – LeNir Ltd. and Harris Family Limited Partnership, and to stop the issuance of $5.2 million in new bonds on the project. Both actions were approved by the Harris Ranch CID board earlier this fall.
The lawsuit action was telegraphed by the residents’ group in its numerous letters to the board. The City of Boise approved spending as much as $250,000 in Boise taxpayer funds for legal fees in case of a lawsuit.
Last month, Harris Family Limited Partnership, Barber Valley Development Inc., and LeNir filed suit against the residents’ group, alleging defamation and interference with the buildout of the project. The lawsuit is still pending.