After locking away the Old Oneida County Airport in Whitestown in a long term deal with State Homeland Security that has not produced a fraction of the activity originally promised (with little sign that it will ever do so), "Picente to push for private firm running airport." This time the County Executive wants a 10 year deal with "Million Air" to run the New airport in Rome's fixed base operations. Apparently, there are some significant expenses that the County will have to take on in this endeavor.
Picente said such investments were needed if the airport was to grow.Let's see. The Whitestown Airport served our needs well when our metro (Oneida-Herkimer Counties) population was 335,000 and our sales and property taxes were a fraction of what they are now. Now that our metro population has dropped to about 295,000 with the trend expected to continue, we need something "so much larger" because of "potential."
“I’m going to show the contract and the differences and what was Whitestown and what is now Griffiss,” he said, referring to the older and smaller county airport in Whitestown. “And why the investment has to be so much larger, but also why the potential is so much larger.”
Frankly, I would have been happier just retaining our past reality than this "so much larger" future "potential."
This is just one more thing to increase taxes, killing off any "potential" we've got left.