Three Ed. Corridor proponents spoke this morning, filling almost every available minute with their nice descriptions of the expansion of higher education in North Idaho. But why only consider the very expensive Stimson/DeArmond Mill site? That question and so many others never got asked or answered. There was no time left.
NIC Trustees Mic Armon, Judy Meyer and CdA Mayor Sandi Bloem all gave their advertisements for the Ed. Corridor. They almost wore out the word “opportunity”.
They did admit, directly and openly, that they WILL be using Foregone taxes AND embedding them in the budget to be taken each year forever more. (in the past they’ve just talked around it by saying they would just put them in their budget for this next year, but they might not need to use them).
They did not have a plan. They did not have any studies. They did not have any specific information at all. Yet, at the end of the meeting, they asked the moderator to call for a show of hands for those who support the project. (How can anyone know?) They got about 2 hands up, the No votes were about 20 and then I spoke up and said, “How many want more information before they make a decision?”…that garnered about 15 hands.
Out of the total of 3 questions squeezed into the last moments of the meeting, I was able to ask one. I asked if they would bring the Ed. Corridor to a public Advisory vote on this Fall’s election. They danced around the subject without getting to the point, until I interrupted and asked again, “Will you bring it to an Advisory vote?” NO they said.
I feel like the sad elephant.