House may kill plan to ease debt curbs for ID cities, hospitals

Boise, ID


By Gina Jameson


BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ House leaders are considering dumping a plan
to amend the Idaho Constitution to make it easier for cities,
counties and public hospitals to take on debt if no property taxes
are used to repay the money.

The measure sailed through the Senate unanimously.

While House Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke said many
House members believe some elements of the bill are worthwhile,
they fear it may go too far.
Counties and cities are pushing for the measure, a response to a
2006 state Supreme Court decision that halted Boise's effort to
sell bonds to finance expansion of the local airport's parking
Since then, that ruling has raised hurdles for Ketchum to lease
a snowplow _ and for Bannock County to expand its Portneuf Medical

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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