Ada County cuts ties with Dynamis
The plans to build a waste to energy project in Ada County are dead and the county is on the hook for $2 million. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
With a meeting today, the plans to build a waste to energy project in Ada County are dead and the county is on the hook for $2 million.
"The $2 million is gone,” says Ada County Commissioner Jim Tibbs. “It was spent two years ago, and I think the expectation from anybody to say this current commission to get that $2 million back is really unrealistic"
Why? Because the commissioners decided losing $2 million was better than the possibility of the full contract being upheld and the taxpayers footing a $70 million dollar bill.
"Our attempt to collect the $2 million, we did everything we could, but in the end, we felt that the best for the county and the taxpayers was that we resolve this,” says Ada County Commissioner Dave Case.
Rick Yzaguirre, the only commissioner left over from the initial Dynamis plans, says he's happy the ordeal is in the past.
"Very much so,” he says. “It's been painful and it's been a big item on our agenda and we've thought and worried about it a lot. I know my fellow commissioners, and previous commission, we've spent way too much time on dealing with this."
But, he says he knows putting it behind him won't pay the tax payers back for the lost millions.
"Yeah,” he says. “It's huge. That's probably bothered me as much as anything."