Letter to the Editor: Aiport use ordinance brings in federal funds
Who pays for the maintenance on that lonely stretch of Nevada Interstate? About 90 percent of the money comes from federal funds, mostly taxes on gasoline we pay at the pump that are returned to our state.
This funding system helps keep Americas almost 47,000 miles of interstate highways in repair and pays for improvements. Would you vote to have Nevada refuse to accept our fair share of highway maintenance money, knowing it would be spent on another state’s highways? No?
Maintenance for our nation’s airports is funded in similar fashion, with 95 percent coming from the Federal Aviation Trust Fund – money collected from tax on aviation fuel sales and a “seat tax” on airline travel. Just like that lonely section of interstate, small airports would become a huge burden on their communities if federal funds were refused.
The other 5 percent comes from our Airport General Fund, money collected from airport leases and other on-airport user fees. Our airport is self-sufficient and operates at a profit to the county.
Yet opponents of the Airport Use Initiative are asking you to do just that, refuse federal money that’s been earmarked to maintain our airport and make improvements for small general aviation aircraft and gliders. They would have our airport fall into disrepair or be maintained using Douglas County funds that are needed elsewhere. If they have their way, we’ll end up paying for airport maintenance twice, once with federal aviation fuel and seat taxes collected but sent elsewhere, and again with local county taxes. Truly a “Golden Fleece Award” style waste of your money.
Passing the Airport Use Ordinance is necessary to receive our fair share of Federal Aviation Trust funds. A “yes” vote is the right choice for our county.