In 2001, the citizens of Boise approved a property tax levy of $10 million to pay for the acquisition and maintenance of land in the foothills near the city. Besides purchasing land, the funds are used for trail building, wildlife habitat restoration and improvement, and other projects to protect and enhance the city's open spaces. It greatly increases the quality of life in the area for those who visit the foothills and makes for a more attractive city for everyone. You can find out more about this program by going to Outdoor Idaho's website and look for the video titled The Foothills.
I think our area could do something similar to preserve and protect our open spaces. I think as a community we have the will to approve something like this and the talent to administer a program that would protect and enhance our open spaces. But something needs to be done soon, before more of our open spaces are paved over and permanently destroyed.
-- LISA RICHMOND, West Richland