Ada County was in excellent financial shape when I left office: The county carried forward 25 million unspent dollars from the FY 2013 budget into the following year’s budget Additionally, the county had more than $30 million in the bank, to pay off the courthouse bonds All of the county’s […]

Financial Frugality Facts


The Board of Ada County Commissioners made another bad and costly decision: they settled a lawsuit with Fortistar Energy (aka Hidden Hollow Energy) by paying the company more than $2.6 million. Fortistar had no legal cause of action or legitimate claim against the county. Fortistar operates two engines at the […]

Fortistar Lawsuit Facts


During my six years as an Ada County Commissioner, my colleagues and I compiled a number of achievements on behalf of our 400,000-plus constituents. For example, we: • Left $81 million (yes, EIGHTY-ONE MILLION DOLLARS!) in county property taxpayers’ pockets. That is the cumulative effect of not taking the allowable […]

Prior Achievements as an Ada County Commissioner



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In Florida in 2015, the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority opened the first waste-to-energy facility built in this country in 20 years. This distinction, and its accompanying economic development, could have belonged to Ada County. In 2010, Ada County Commissioners Fred Tilman, Rick Yzaguirre and I were seeking ways […]

Sky-is-Falling Campaign Cost County Waste-to-Energy Project


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The mainstream media has done a poor job telling you the truth about appointed Ada County Commissioner and candidate Dave Case. For example: • Case broke the law when, as a classified employee for the State of Idaho, he filed to run for partisan elected office. • Case broke the […]

Press Fails Public


Here is a point-by-point critique of the Idaho Statesman’s August 17 editorial: “Hidden Hollow Energy faces a bind, resulting in part from the Dynamis dealings.” Not true. Fact: Hidden Hollow Energy’s problem is with DEQ, NOT Dynamis or Ada County. HHE wanted the county to spend approximately $1.5 million on […]

Idaho Statesman’s Accuracy Stinks



The following Guest Opinion was submitted to the Idaho Statesman in response to an editorial written by Kevin Richert. I hope you will take the time to read the two Idaho Supreme Court decisions about which I commented on my Facebook page. You can find them at the following links: Kessler […]

Read the Real Result


Since 2006, Ada County has spent almost $31 million digging giant holes at the landfill, so we can dump our waste into them and wait for it to decompose. In contrast, we have spent $2 million to purchase site-specific plans for the Dynamis waste-to-energy facility, money that the county will […]

Case Closed!


Next week, I will file to run for re-election to the Board of Ada County Commissioners in the Republican Primary. Why should you care? You should care because my re-election to this Board can have a significant impact on your property taxes. During the three years I have been back […]

Defending Your Dollars



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The following guest opinion was prepared by Central District Health Department Executive Director Russ Duke, with small contributions by me. We have submitted it to the local papers for publication but I have not yet seen it appear. In December 2011 the Central District Health Department (CDHD) announced that it […]

The Business Case for Hiring Tobacco-Free Employees