The Statesman has an article about the effect of the real estate market cooling off in Kuna. At the request of developers, and landowners I suspect, Kuna started to build an enlarged sewage treatment plant. The city had run out of capacity, and couldn't accommodate any more homes. This limited Kuna's growth.
So Kuna created a local improvement district. If you agree with the growth, then the LID was a good way to go; it put the expense on new development. So, lots of landowners joined the district and were annexed into the city, and agreed to pay for new sewage treatment plant. Land prices jumped substantially in value.
But then the market tanked. Landowners had anticipated selling the property either before the bill came due, or had planned to pay the bill with their sales proceeds. If they can't sell, they have to pay the bill anyway. They don't want to, of course, and the city council is casting about for a way to bail the landowners out.
One option would have the city issue a bond, thus shifting the costs to all city taxpayers. I hope this doesn't happen. The landowners took a risk. They gambled, and had they hit they would done very well for themselves. Well, sometimes when you gamble you lose. It would be wrong for the taxpayers to cover the gamblers' bets.
Even if the landowners have to pay, they'll eventually be able to sell the land. They'll just have to wait a while. Or, they may have to sell for less than they wanted, but certainly still at a profit. To the Kuna city counsel I say, let the market work it out.