Archive for Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Letter to the editor: Leavenworth County airport again would be wrong move

June 1, 2011

To the editor:

Having been involved in the defeat of two previous attempts to build a Leavenworth County airport, I reluctantly join the fight once more — and my position opposing it has not changed.

There are numerous valid arguments to support this position, but wishing to remain within the suggested word limit of this news source, I’ll focus on two that are closely related.

The onerous personal property tax level applied to aircraft ownership is unreasonable. For example, a high dollar bass boat is assessed at a significantly lower value than a correspondingly priced airplane. Further aggravation of this fact is the refusal to prorate airplane taxes, as are automobile levies. In a state whose history is intertwined with aviation, it is incongruous that airplane ownership would be expected to bear a disproportionate tax burden.

Number me among those who will not vote in support of a new airport for Leavenworth County.

Wayne C. Boyd,

Leavenworth

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