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City Council Candidate Questionnaire & Candidate Forums

Current councilman Chris Reid, along with candidates Jason Brown, and Spencer Cutler refused to respond to constituents’ questions.

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Small business turned down, airport gets additional $30,000

City council votes to approve MORE C.A.R.E.S dollars in Twin Falls while rejecting the request of local business to improve our regional airport.

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Your Impact Fees just increased by 100+%

In the end, the city council voted unanimously to increase building fees by over 100%.

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City Council Meeting Cancelled

Twin Falls city council meeting was cancelled on Monday due to absence of city manager & assistant city manager.

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Fire Department Focus

The Twin Falls Fire Department will buy a new fire truck that will cost us (the Twin Falls taxpayers) an extra $750,000, and will be bought as part of a “cooperative purchase agreement” (more on that in a forth coming article) which costs more and ties the purchase to more layers of government.

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City Council Amends 2020-2021 budget +$15,000,000

Monday’s city council meeting started with public proclamations for Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month and adult education and family literacy week. Shawn Barigar and Vice Mayor Ruth Pierce were absent from the meeting. The lead ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor from the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) accepted the adult literacy proclamation and […]

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City Council votes to move forward with large fee increases

Twin Falls City Council just voted to fast-track an over 100% increase on impact fees for new home builders.

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City Council spends $128,840 in 25 minutes

The city council approved a contract for radio hardware ($78,840) and purchased a piece of land without having had a prior plan to do so ($50,000). The meeting lasted roughly twenty-five minutes, which means the council managed to spend $5,153.60 per minute. Now that is power!

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Council approves $34,000,000+ budget for 2021-2022

The 2021-2022 budget was approved unanimously by all 7 council members. Throughout the process, the council asked few questions and offered little input, largely deferring to unelected city manager Travis Rothweiler.

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Twin Falls City Council Spends > $770,000 Allotted Budget on Pet Projects

The Twin Falls city council’s discretionary fund for the 2021-2022 budget year occupied the bulk of Monday’s meeting. The final meeting of the eight-week series of budget reviews was presented once again by City Manager Travis Rothweiler, and he handed the mic over to city staff to present detailed information about sidewalk projects to the […]

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Magic Valley Regional Airport to Receive $3.4 million+ from fed

The three federal grants together total $3,464,557 in taxpayer funds.

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Did Twin Falls City Council deserve the 10% raise they just gave themselves?

The council approved the motion in a 6-1 vote, with Chris Reid being the soul dissenter.

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More Federal Money for Twin Falls?

C.D.B.G. stands for Community Development Block Grant. It is a federal program that was created by the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) department. Cities agree to spend these federal dollars on things like low-income housing improvement projects, homelessness mitigation, and administration of the grant itself.

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City Council Ready for a Raise?

A public hearing will be held at City Hall on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 6pm to hear the citizens’ concerns and opinions about the budget. TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Shawn Barigar’s occupation of both the city council seat & presidency of the Chamber of Commerce forced him to abstain from a council vote […]