Ada County holding public hearing on foregone taxes

Posted at 5:41 AM, Jul 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-09 07:41:36-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Board of Ada County Commissioners is holding a public hearing Tuesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. in the public room of the Ada County Courthouse.

The hearing will include testimony from the Ada County Sheriff and the Ada County Coroner about important infrastructure needs, and how money from forgone taxes will help address those needs.

The Board will discuss a resolution to use forgone taxes in the amount of $5,563,093 for the Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

If approved, the forgone taxes will be used for the following projects:

  • Design cost associated with a new Ada County Coroner's Office
  • Design cost associated with a new jail pod for the Ada County Sheriff's Office
  • Acquisition of real property for expansion of the Ada County Jail and Public Safety facilities
  • A second driver's license location for the Ada County Sheriff's Office

"While we have made every effort to keep people who can safely be in the community out of jail with our wide variety of pretrial and alternative sentencing programs, we are above our operational capacity each day,” said Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett. “With Idaho Department of Correction inmates accounting for as much as 20% of our population every day we are maxed out for bed space. Our inmate-staffed kitchen and laundry are at the absolute limit for what they can manage each day.”

The hearing is open to the public for testimony. Ada County residents can also submit comments before the hearing by email