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Old 03-01-2013, 10:25 AM
 
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That is not what I posted. I stated from the article that the GA has put brakes on the transfer due to 800 million bond.
If they transfer without handling the bond holders then the city will have that debt.

Yeah, my take on that is the city has issued borrowed $800M for the airport and now owes this to bond holders. (+ interest)
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:15 PM
 
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So far, smooth sailing in Asheville....it's gonna become a much bigger mess in Charlotte.

In Asheville, airport deal had unintended consequences | CharlotteObserver.com
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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As far as Gov. Pat goes, don't be surprised if the following is reported:

1) The gov has not heard much from either side but is willing to listen.

2) Pat wants the bill slowed down even more.

More on the bond issue from WBT: News-Talk 1110 WBT| News:
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:14 PM
 
Location: South Park Charlotte, NC
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Recent Observer coverage noted "But advocates for change say an authority would insulate the airport from politics. Developer Johnny Harris has warned against political intrusions for at least two years."
“We have our city being strangled over the issue of whether we have a streetcar or not and that’s … the beginning of where problems start,” said Harris, a former member of the Airport Advisory Committee as well as the board of USAirways. “It’s indicative of the city being paralyzed.”

Simple solution? Put Johnny Harris back on the AAC so he can tell Rucho to kill the bill.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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Live from Raleigh: Senator Malcolm Graham is slamming NCGA over lack of transparency on the issue.

The "Alliance for a Better Charlotte" is getting promoted by Rucho. Earlier news from today here: Next round begins in fight for control of CLT airport - Charlotte Business Journal

Should have a vote soon. Place your bets.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:32 PM
 
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Simple solution? Put Johnny Harris back on the AAC so he can tell Rucho to kill the bill.
You might want to read the passage you quoted again. It sounds to me like Harris is FOR the authority being created. He obviously doesn't like what Anthony Foxx and his band of cronies are doing to Charlotte.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:39 PM
 
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I know this isn't the most exciting news but we "lost our airport" according to some as the authority bill passed.

Some interesting quotes:

"Asheville Dem NC Sen Martin Nesbitt, against airport authority, disses Jerry Orr as bitter "benevolent dictator"

"Sen. Clodfelter and Sen Blue citing the takings clause in opposition to SB 81"

And a News 14 reporter states that City Council will go ahead with its study to see if the authority is a good idea even though:

1) It's a done deal.

2) The cost is estimated to be between $30K and $150K.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:52 AM
 
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I heard the study the city is going to conduct cost $250,000. It's utter stupidity to waste money like that when this will be a done deal long before the study has completed. This Mayor and city council must be totally oblivious to the need to be careful with the taxpayer's money. Basically the entire gist of pulling the airport away from their control is because of the shear incompetence, obfuscation and complete lack of transparency this body has shown over the last few years. They need to wake up and smell the coffee, or I predict, the state isn't done with them.
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Old 03-13-2013, 06:36 AM
 
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I heard the study the city is going to conduct cost $250,000. It's utter stupidity to waste money like that when this will be a done deal long before the study has completed. This Mayor and city council must be totally oblivious to the need to be careful with the taxpayer's money. Basically the entire gist of pulling the airport away from their control is because of the shear incompetence, obfuscation and complete lack of transparency this body has shown over the last few years. They need to wake up and smell the coffee, or I predict, the state isn't done with them.
The mayor and city council will be fine but if Orr & Co. think the new authority doesn't have ulterior motives, he's in for a rude awakening. Orr & Co. will be the first players to bite the dust (he can play it off as early retirement or simply time to move on), the state's legislature wrecking crew is gonna show the "great state of mecklenburg" how it's done. Afterall, people think there ain't nothing but a bunch of hog farmers down east anyway...well, hog farmers with money who can buy and develop land around the "great state of mecklenburgs" airport. The airport is functioning fine, many Charlotte GOP reps see the handwriting on the wall and know this is simply about power, land and money - doesn't the term "authority" kind of convey that idea. There isn't any real benefit to Charlotte to transition to an authority, other than Orr & Co. thinking it's way to backhand the bitterness between himself and the city council. Those other Charlotte GOP regional toads in cahoots with the GOP hog farmers are out of their league, thinking maybe the land grab is gonna be a big payday for them....not so fast my friend, the hog farmers might let a little revenue "trickle" down, but they RUN this state and dictate who gets what....wait till Orr gets a taste of that medicine.

Others are too busy basking in glory of the mayor and city council getting squeezed and don't have enough common sense to see what's really going on....or simply don't care as long as the mayor "gets" whats coming to him....the ignorance is abundant.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:40 AM
 
Location: livin' the good life on America's favorite island
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City politics and using CLT as a piggy bank it what got the Authority idea going, and the mayor nepotism thoughts. The spending of the city bunch and the threat of increasing the cost of operation at the airport is a concern and I am happy to see it moving into the hands of the Authority.
Orr will do just fine w/ retirement with a $190k/yr pension...
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