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LCDC budget eyes McEuen, ed corridor

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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 9:23 am

It's approved.

Lake City Development Corp. adopted its fiscal year 2011 budget Wednesday.

Overall, the urban renewal agency is anticipating a $5.4 million budget, with roughly $2 million of its expected expenditures geared to go to

capital enhancements for a possible reconstruction project of McEuen

Field and improvements to portions of the education corridor near the

North Idaho College campus.

It's also expecting to collect $4.5 million in tax increment revenues,

down from the roughly $5.1 million in 2010, and $4.9 million in 2009.

And the board will post its new public records guidelines on its Web

page later this afternoon. The tab should make it easier by posting

instructions for anyone looking to obtain public records from the

agency. - Tom Hasslinger

  • Discuss

Welcome to the discussion.


  • sharetheplanet posted at 8:46 pm on Sun, Aug 22, 2010.

    sharetheplanet Posts: 809

    because people keep voting the opportunist back in. Or DO they? I guess we will find out in September.

  • Hassss posted at 2:01 pm on Sat, Aug 21, 2010.

    Hassss Posts: 760

    Why do we have any taxes for NIC. IT IS NOT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE ANYMORE. I pay my taxes every year but always protest NIC taxes. Kootenai County is one of only two county's in this STATE that residents pay taxes to.. IT IS A RIPPPPPPPPPPP OFF!!! They want the COLLEGE (not a community college anymore) then the students PAY FOR IT!!!!

    Let's see are we going to pay for a brick facade for another piece CONDO!!!! at the tune of $400,000.00 TAX DOLLARS!!!

    Hey tried to vote them out.....Too many in too many other's pockets!

  • RadRevD posted at 11:46 pm on Fri, Aug 20, 2010.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    MayorB doesn't give skat about anything but BLING that attracts buyers to her store. this is more about keeping developers active and profitable in a down economy.

  • northidahonative posted at 8:39 pm on Fri, Aug 20, 2010.

    northidahonative Posts: 1166

    The Parking Lot isn't the issue, the issue is the Baseball Field and the other portions of the Park that have been purposely allowed to fall apart in the attempt to influence people into accepting some commercial structure that will profit those who already own downtown.

    If changes need to be made let someone bring them before the City Council or put the issue on the Ballot, LCDC has no right to continuously spend tax payer money on studies, conducted by parties interested in the Park's commercial development.

    McEuen first and then Tubb's Hill. Many commercial developers have been after both for decades, you might want to study the terms under which both properties were left to the City.

  • progressSux posted at 3:54 pm on Fri, Aug 20, 2010.

    progressSux Posts: 2

    I agree with all of you. We should leave the education corridor as a vacant run down mill sight rather than utilizing it to expand higher education in the area. Also the McEuen parking lot is so beautiful. Seriously, you could go watch the vast amount of pedestrian traffic the actually utilizes the park. Oh that's right it's nearly vacant unless there's a softball game, but heaven forbid the city actually propose and work do make it a better park for the local citizens..............that's just crazy talk! But then again, what would guys have to complain about?

  • northidahonative posted at 1:51 pm on Fri, Aug 20, 2010.

    northidahonative Posts: 1166

    How is it that the same old Republican City Counsel keeps getting reelected in a Tea Party
    City like CDA? I thought those Tea Baggers were all against unecessary spending and Tax Increases. Of course I'm still trying to figure out the leagality of the LCDC using $4 million in Tax Payer money to build the KROC Church.

  • local res posted at 10:28 pm on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

    local res Posts: 1165

    Is it legal for LCDC to have a part in the education corridor as NIC receives it's funding from all the northern counties? Or is the vehicle that LCDC is using to reach into pockets that are not city voters. Legislature members, is this really the intent of the urban renewal laws that you wrote?

  • RadRevD posted at 4:49 pm on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

    RadRevD Posts: 3333

    LCDC is an open checkbook for architects and developers with guaranteed financing compliments of hogtied and gagged Citizen-Taxpayers!

  • averagelocal posted at 12:47 pm on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

    averagelocal Posts: 73

    I wish 'straight up' would quit saying 'us locals' keep voting for these same people, because I did NOT vote for not even one of them. I want changes in how things are run. We've had a huge population increase in the past few years, most of the newcomers are all rubbing elbows with city officials, THATS who's voting for these same people. The real locals that have been through and a fed up with what the city officials have done to us are minorities now. The newbies most come from big cities that think our small town needs to be more like where they came from. I believe in fixing things up and improving, but everytime I read the paper, it's more taxes....
    What part of the education corridor is LCDC talking about; the 10 mil piece of property our taxes our payig for, that the college supposibly bought?

  • Gandookin posted at 11:12 am on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

    Gandookin Posts: 3

    (Insert predictable and snarky comment by Dan Gookin re: LCDC here)

  • Mabell posted at 10:34 am on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

    Mabell Posts: 173

    @straight up - I couldn't agree more.

  • straight up posted at 10:16 am on Thu, Aug 19, 2010.

    straight up Posts: 965

    "It's also expecting to collect $4.5 million in tax increment revenues."

    That's 4.5 million that will not be going to public works, police, fire, schools, parks, water, sewer, etc.

    That's 4.5 million that will have to be made up in the from of more taxes and levies from the working stiffs. But it is those same working stiffs that keep electing the same city council and mayor over and over again, so I guess you reap what you sow.

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