January 3, 2011

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Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 888-4433




The mayors of Boise, Meridian, and Garden City today called upon Ada County to withdraw the lawsuit filed against the cities last month.


The lawsuit, filed by the Ada County by the Ada County Board of Commissioners on Dec. 21, 2010, seeks to tax residents of the three cities twice for the same services that residents of Eagle, Star, Kuna and unincorporated Ada County receive without additional payment.


The following joint statement was issued by Boise Mayor David H. Bieter, Garden City Mayor John Evans, and Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd:


“We are disappointed that Ada County has chosen to sue 75% of its own taxpayers rather than respond to repeated requests to meet and negotiate a solution that is fair and equitable to all residents.


“The taxpayers of Ada County voted in 1996 to build a consolidated court facility that opened in 2002. Residents of Boise, Meridian, and Garden City already pay for this consolidated court facility through the annual taxes they pay to the county. 


“We cannot in good faith ask our taxpayers to accept a new tax that seems intended mainly to help Ada County resolve its budget difficulties. This lawsuit is itself a waste of taxpayer money, and we believe that Ada County owes an explanation as to why Boise, Meridian, and Garden City residents are not entitled to the same court services as other residents without paying more.”


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit