Update: August 16, 2019
August 20 Library Presentation and Public Hearing Canceled
The Aug. 20 Main Library Campus presentation and the public hearing on the special election have been canceled.
The city canceled both meetings after Mayor Dave Bieter announced Friday, Aug. 16 that he is recommending to the Boise City Council that the city pause planning for the Main Library campus and no longer pursue a special election on the project because of two new pieces of information that came to light recently:
- Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane, the chief elections officer for the county, informed the city that he will not place the special election vote regarding the project on the ballot this November and that only legal action by the city could reverse his decision. With little time before ballots must be printed, Mayor Bieter decided that a court action simply isn’t viable at this time and would likely lead to further confusion among Boise residents.
- The project planning team informed the city that cost estimates have come in higher than expected. The hot construction market, coupled with extreme volatility in cost of building commodities, have escalated costs at a rate that outpaces the team’s efforts to trim costs. The latest estimates received from the project’s design and planning teams are approximately $19 million overbudget, with no guarantees that costs will not continue to escalate.
Once there’s a better understanding of how this new information impacts the project, the City of Boise will hold an open house for residents to give them an opportunity learn about these details and how the project will move forward.