March 9, 2009 By News Report
The City of Boise today unveiled "Accountable Boise," a new Web site dedicated to tracking and detailing federal stimulus funding awarded to projects benefiting Boise and its surrounding communities.
"The people of Boise need to know their government is spending their money wisely and efficiently," Mayor David Bieter said. "This site will allow residents to see where stimulus funds are going on a local level to improve our community and put people back to work."
The new site includes a "Funded Projects" list which will keep a running total of all projects awarded to the Boise area under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. To date, the Boise area is slated to receive just less than $55 million for transportation projects following recent approval by the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) and the Idaho Department of Transportation Board. Governor Otter must certify all transportation projects. The site also includes a complete list of all projects proposed by the city of Boise for stimulus funding.
Following the passage of the stimulus act on Feb. 17, Mayor Bieter assembled a Boise Stimulus Response Team to ensure all appropriate opportunities within the bill are pursued. The response team includes representatives from every city department and is led by Ross Borden, the city's director of intergovernmental affairs.
"Our resourceful, resilient community is better positioned than most to emerge from this economic downturn stronger, smarter and more agile than before." Bieter said. "The federal stimulus program is just one of many tools we're utilizing to ensure that, even during these challenging times, we continue to make Boise the most livable city in the country."
The state of Idaho is projected to receive a little more than $1 billion dollars in federal stimulus funding.
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