Levy Vote will be on November Ballot
A hot topic in the county – besides the alternative forms of government discussion – is the facilities expansion project that has been taking place in the past 9 months. When two new magistrate judges were hired last year, it became official that Kootenai County was 125% out of space for the necessary court system. That started the conversation between the commissioners about expanding the court facilities: how to do that and how to pay for it.
Paying for this new facility/expanded facilities/facilities substitution is on the front of everyone’s minds; there are a few options about how to do pay for it but the voters need to know the details of this project and the details of these payment options. A levy WILL be put on the November ballot, but there's a chance that one of the available options will NOT cost the taxpayers anything extra. I have talked a bit about the options presented in the commissioners’ past meetings, but now YOU will have the opportunity to check out these options for yourself.
Commissioner Leslie Duncan is having two town halls tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31, at 10am and 6pm to give the public all the information about these expansion options. She has already spoken with many groups about the conundrum that the county is in with this project, and she wants to ensure that EVERYONE has the chance to be informed about the different avenues available to the county.
This is your chance to listen to Commissioner Duncan speak about the options available to the county; it gives you access to her to be able to ask questions regarding this project and help you become an informed citizen. Both sessions will be available for viewing on YouTube, though public comments and questions will need to be done by phone or in person at the events.
If you would like to submit questions in advance, please email Commissioner Duncan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will be attending the 10am town hall; I hope to see everyone there!