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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2019

Public Hearing on Forgone Taxes

The Board of Ada County Commissioners holds a public hearing Tuesday July 9, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the Public Room of the Ada County Courthouse, located at 200 W. Front Street in Boise, Idaho. The hearing will include testimony from the Ada County Sheriff, and the Ada County Coroner about critically 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 designated for the following projects:

1)     Design cost associated with a new Ada County Coroner’s Office
2)     Design cost associated with a new jail pod for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office
3)     Acquisition of real property for expansion of the Ada County Jail and Public Safety facilities
4)     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 will be open to public testimony. Ada County residents may also submit comments ahead of the hearing by sending them to budget@adacounty.id.gov or call (208) 287-7000. Auxiliary aids or services for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please call (208) 287-7100 (208) 287-7979 (TDD) by 5 PM three (3) days prior to the public hearing so that arrangements can be made.