A few noted discussions.
As the State Legislature is still in session, we have been watching our local leaders wait to see what's coming out of Boise before making any heavy decisions. In the meantime, there have been some smaller, yet weighty, discussions that need to be called out. I'm just going to give a quick update on a few of the notable discussions, if you would like to know more information I'll link to those discussion videos so that you may watch them in their entirety.
Discussions are going on about how to pay for the facilities expansion that HAS to be done. There are two options:
- Put the a bond initiative on the May 2021 ballot and, if passed, there will be about a $1 tax on everyone’s property taxes for the next few years.
- If the bond DOESN’T pass on the ballot, the other option is to lease the land to a bank, bank builds the building, and the county pays a monthly “rent” to the bank until the building is built and paid off (with interest, of course). If the county defaults on the lease, the land goes to the bank. That money the county would be using for the second option would be passed onto the property taxes of residents of Kootenai County. That extra property tax would just be more money and take longer to pay off instead of a direct bond.
Those are the only two options: small tax for the next two years or larger tax for the next however many years it takes to pay off the building. I wish I was the bearer of better news.
The other thing of note being discussed with the Commissioners this week (so far) is potential monthly town halls to educate the residents of not only the bond issues, but other questions the public may have about the elected officials and the jobs they handle. With the amount of growth happening in this area, there’s a lot of miscommunication and the Commissioners want to be as transparent as possible.
Pleasant View Annexation and associated industrial zone has been approved. The associated industrial zone the council is referring to is a more “transitional” zone to go from light industrial, commercial, and residential areas. This zone ties directly back to the comprehensive Post Falls Urban Renewal District plan.