Court upholds Rexburg urban renewal project




BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld a plan by
officials in Rexburg to use property tax money to build a $6.3
million water park in a decision that will likely affect urban
renewal districts throughout the state.

The court ruled unanimously this week to uphold a lower court
ruling rejecting a challenge by Rexburg resident Kenneth Hart.

Hart challenged the legality of the Rexburg urban renewal
district using Madison County property tax revenue to pay for
building Riverside Park. He contended the urban renewal district
was an ``alter ego'' of the city and that such projects require
two-thirds voter approval.

But justices ruled urban renewal districts aren't alter egos of
cities and therefor voter approval wasn't needed for the urban
renewal district to raise the money.

Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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