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"We like our airport,

                      but we like it just the way it is." 

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Fact: Unable to get FAA funds to pay for airport expansion, NC DOT  granted $1.8 million in state tax money to extend the MCAirport runway.

 

 

T-SAW To Perdue:

Block $1.8m Grant From DOT Fuel-Tax Fund

 

     T-SAW has asked Gov. Bev Perdue to rescind the recent $1.8-million state grant to Moore County Airport Authority for stage one of the runway exten- sion project.

     "If funds can so easily be transferred from the state highway improvement fund (i.e., fuel excise taxes) to a pie-in-the- sky project designed solely to attract a few more golfers to Moore County, taxpayers’ money can as easily be shifted to better use supporting our families, our children and our schools," Fred Korb wrote in his letter to Perdue.

      Korb also reminded the governor that, facing an $11-million deficit last year, the County Education Department was forced to close one of North Carolina’s top-rated elementary schools (Academy Heights) and to cancel the schools Orchestra program, which had served Moore County children since 1975.

      DOT Aviation Director Richard Walls replied that the $1.8-million transfer to the airport came from the state Aid to Airports Program, but neglected to mention that the program is funded with state highway taxes.

    Walls also failed to address the complaint that the DOT keeps wastefully showering cash on Moore County Airport at a time of nationwide calls for government austerity due to budget shortfalls, layoffs and cutbacks in essential services.


Women Voters Cancel Forum After Airport

Pulls Out

 

League Forced to Drop

T-SAW vs. Airport  Debate On Expansion

 

       In a disturb-ing rebuke, the Moore County Airport Authority recently snubbed an invitation from the League of Women Voters to participate in a public forum on airport expansion.

    Airport Authority Chairman John Owen said he turned thumbs-down on the League's forum, which had been in the works for weeks, because "it would not be productive from our point of view."

    T-SAW already had accepted the invitation, understanding it would be an informal debate similar to the recent League-sponsored forum on fracking.

     The Airport group was well aware that League policy requires equal representation of opposing points of view at their forums. The Authority's decision to pull out effec-tively forced the League to cancel.

    Airport Manager Ron Maness told T-SAW's Dave Korb the Authority chose, instead, to schedule their own "public forum" so they could "keep some control over this thing."

    ThAuthority''open house' is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 31. 

 

Clearing the Air

A Memo From

T-SAW's Founder

We now realize it's time I came clean about my intentions, what we're trying to accomplish with this campaign.

Some people are confused, even The Pilot's Editor Steve Bouser, who asked twice during a recent conversation whether we're only interested in protecting my home near the north end of the runway from an airport take-over, like the theft of Eva Dowd's property, under threat of condemnation, for half what it's worth. 

Steve should know better. Two homes on Highland Drive have recently sold at prices considered reasonable in this market. So, we're no longer con-cerned about the airport's power to seize private property by eminent domain.

Fact is that we like life  among the Pines and Sandhills, with other transplants and especially the Real People of Moore County, such as the Biscoes and the Dowds and the Fryes and our friends whose family names are recorded in 250 years of County history.

Moore County is a beautiful place to be and to become.

We just want to keep it that way. For Real Folk and for us Carpetbaggers.

There are more important things to do with our tax money than to grow this silly playpen for people, like me, who've owned airplanes. Let's stop the waste of our tax dollars, hey?

         Best, Fred

 

What's  next ?

 

T-SAW  Legal Challenge Fund now accepting support

 

     In consultation with attorneys, T-SAW has begun weighing options for legal challenges to block the Airport Authority's and County Commis- sioners' hijacking of millions of taxpayer dollars.

     Our non-profit 'T-SAW Legal Challenge Fund' is now soliciting donations to cover attorney fees.

 

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Commissioner Picerno Seen Defending

Dubious Claims by Airport Manager

'Whose interests do these Commissioners serve?

Certainly not the interests of County taxpayers ...'

                                   - T-SAW board member

 

        MOORE COUNTY, NC (Jan. 22) – Leaders of Taxpayers to Stop Airport Waste (T-SAW) say they are appalled, "but not surprised," by County Commissioner Nick Picerno’s rush to defend dubious claims put out by an airport official at the commissioners' meeting Tuesday night.

        "How can one of the County’s top elected officials be so out of touch," asks T-SAW’s Fred Korb, "with the needs of the County’s parents and children and the desires of all Moore County taxpaying voters?"

        Korb aimed special criticism at Picerno’s attempt to back up the claim by Airport Manager Ron Maness that airport expansion is having no effect on airport neighbors and other taxpayers.

        "Wasteful government spending of any sort, particularly on the futile dream of a big commercial airport, should not happen at a time when schools are being closed, and teachers and first responders are being laid off," Korb told the commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting.

        During the board’s questioning of Maness, Picerno stated that he was unaware of any such layoffs.

        Another T-SAW board member asked, "Need we remind County voters of cutbacks in essential services while the airport and some noses grow?

        "This latest waste of taxpayer funds," she added, "comes just months after the County was forced to close its top elementary school to relieve a projected Education Department deficit of $11 million."

      She pointed, too, to another victim of last year's education cutbacks, the widely praised County School Orchestra Program, which had served Moore County's children for 36 years.

      "Who do these Commissioners serve?" yet another T-SAW member stated angrily. "Certainly NOT the interests of County Taxpayers, but the Special Interests of a small sector of our business community, the people we refer to as 'The Pinehurst Hotel & Golf Cartel'. They'll be hearing our message loud and clear right up to November elections."

 

           T-SAW Founder, County Chairman Picerno Spar

Over Tax Spending For MCAirport Expansion

 

       WHISPERING PINES (Friday, Dec. 2) -- Moore County Commissioner Nick Picerno visited Village Hall yesterday to sit down with representatives of Taxpayers to Stop Airport Waste (T-SAW).

        "The meeting was productive," said T-SAW founder and chairman Fred Korb, "inasmuch as Mr. Picerno agreed to encourage the Airport Authority to be more forthcoming and honest with taxpayers about airport spending and future airport expansion plans."

       Korb said he's still concerned that Mr. Picerno and other County officials insist "no tax money goes into the airport."

        "The hundreds of Moore County taxpayers, who've added their names to our FAA petition for a freeze on airport spending, see it differently," Korb adds.

        Also on hand yesterday was Village Mayor Bob Zschoche, whom Picerno asked to arrange the meeting with Korb.

                            (Click here to continue reading this article)

 

 

Also in the NEWS!!!                          

                                                                            

Airlines Cut Small Jets                                  Read this, then ask yourself why they're 

      As Fuel Prices Soar                                            wasting money on a  bigger airport          Associated Press Nov. 26                                                         (click here for this MUST READ)

 

 

Korb Speaks Against Airport Spending;                   Moore League of Women Voters Also

Favors Video-feeds of County Commissioners       Seeks Video of Board Meetings

Comments from Taxpayers to Stop Airport Waste

Delivered at Board Meeting Tuesday  (11/15)                           (read transcript of Korb's comments here)

 

 

Airport Land Grab Was Wrong         "... a new low in wasteful government spending,

By Fred Korb                                                                                     land grabbing and cynical backroom shenanigans."

Special to The Pilot (Oct. 23, 2011)                                                  (click here to read the story)

 

 

Airport Needlessly Wastes Taxes      "... between 1990 and (2012), the airport will have

A Look at Some Myths                                              spent more than $30 million of taxpayers' money   

By Bob Zschoche, Mayor of Whispering Pines                                  on capital programs, some ... very questionable."

Special to The Pilot (June 1, 2011)                                                   (click here to read the story)                               

      

Airport Not Paying Its Fair Share       "Every time the Airport Authority tries to dig itself out of

By Robert "Skip" Gebhardt                                                         a public relations hole, it digs itself in deeper."

Letter to the Editor (The Pilot, Aug. 5, 2011)                                    

 

 

Forget About Washington                                   A Summary of Gov't. Waste on Moore County Airport

 -- Hypocracy Begins at Home

Editorial: The Pitch, Whispering Pines  Feb. 2011                                (click here to read the story)

 

 

Airport Expansion Worries SCC         This trip down memory lane is a MUST READ

                                                                                            from 10 years ago, featuring College Pres. John Dempsey,

                                                                                            County Cmsr. Tim Lea and others warning about

The Pilot  June 2001                                                            airport expansion, Read the denials !!!   

                                                                                                              (click here to read some airport history)   

 

                  

 

Is this Picture Worth 30 million Taxpayer Dollars?

Empty hangars ... 70 new & unused aircraft parking spaces. And now they want to extend the runway in 2012 at a cost of another $19 million.  How's that for airport waste?

 

Sign the petition to tell the FAA:

Stop the Waste of Millions in Tax Dollars on

Needless Expansion at Moore County Airport

                                              (already 650-plus signers)

Citizen Petition to the

Federal Aviation Administration

      We bring to your attention, and recommend that you investigate, the grossly improper use of Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds granted to the North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, a state block-grant recipient.

      Pursuant to further investigation, we demand immediate suspension of funding for AIPs administered by the NCDOT, specifically those funds distributed by that agency to the Moore County (NC) Board of Commissioners and the Moore County Airport Authority.

      Pending completion of this inquiry we also recommend a moratorium on airport-expansion construction work currently underway at Moore County Airport (including, but not limited to, expansion of hangar and aircraft apron capacity, runway length, and what otherwise would be considered any activity contributing to airport expansion.)

     This petition is based on findings that the aforementioned projects are ineligible now, and have been ineligible in past fiscal years, for AIP funding under the FAA’s NPIAS and AIP Handbook guidelines.

                                (click to add your name to the petition)

 

 

 

Airport Waste: By the numbers

 

Tax dollars already spent on airport  expansion

                                         = $30 million-plus

                                                          click here for cost breakdown

Projected spending (thru 2014)    

                                 = $19 million-plus

 

Total for airport expansion

                             = $50 million

Tax dollars are being wasted on airport expansion in spite of nationwide calls for austerity, when schools are being closed and teachers, cops and firefighters are being laid off.        

                Stop Wasteful Government Spending

Airport spending:

A County scandal

 

Do Moore County taxpayers want to see $50 million wasted on airport expansion?

 

Do the people of Moore County want or need a commercial airport that puts at risk the idyllic character of our community? When we already have airports as close as Raleigh, Sanford and Fayetteville?

 

Our airport pays no taxes, is taking private property off the tax rolls and contributes far less to County growth and prosperity than they'd like you to think.

 

Why? Because the airport can't operate without endless government subsidies and bailouts.

They call that a business plan? We call that welfare.

 

They'll tell you the airport generates more than $85 million in County revenue a year. Let's do the math. That's roughly $1.2 million a week!!!

 

Think about it. Is that from airport salaries and the meals, hotel rooms and greens fees paid for by the few golfers who fly into our airport?

 

We don't think so.

 

When do we get the truth from the unelected and unaccountable Airport Authority and our elected County Commissioners?

                                               

The Pilot's Kate Smith (left), T-SAW founder Fred Korb and Nancy O'Connell, our executive secretary, getting out the word on wasteful government spending at the Occupy Moore rally in December.