Created in June 1959 by voters, the Greater Boise Auditorium District is dedicated to promoting economic activity and growth in the Boise area. Its purpose, as outlined in Idaho Code, Title 67, Chapter 49 is to “serve the public need and promote the prosperity, security, and general welfare” of the District’s residents. To that end, the District is authorized to build, operate, maintain, market, and manage public auditoriums, exhibit halls, convention centers, sports arenas and similar facilities.
In 1990, the Greater Boise Auditorium District completed construction of Boise Centre— the District’s first operating entity and Idaho’s largest convention facility. In September 2016, the District celebrated the opening Boise Centre East, the first of a multi-phase expansion designed to attract larger conventions and events.
The Greater Boise Auditorium District derives its revenue from a room tax for lodging at properties located within its boundaries. None of the District’s revenue comes from property tax, sales tax, levies or fees paid by taxpayers. In fact, the District is prohibited by law access to property tax dollars.
Board of Directors
The District is governed by a publically elected, nonpartisan, five-member board of directors that serve six-year terms, which are staggered such that voters elect at least one Director every two (odd) years. The Board’s role is to oversee the operating entity of the District, Boise Centre, and provide governance and guidance on District matters and future investments.