5 letters: about the airport, property taxes and the history of Ormond
There is no need to extend the airport runway
The Runway Extension Case was presented by Airport Business CEO David Slick in the September 2 edition of Foreman It deserves close examination. None of the Ormond Beach Municipal airport services he’s referring to require a longer runway. None of the companies indicated use domestic aircraft to receive materials or ship products. This leaves only the argument for his safety. While longer runways are safer in theory, the current (Federal Aviation Administration-approved) runway length has provided ideal safety for decades for recreational and flight training aircraft.
Mr. Slick did not disclose that extending the runway would allow for larger, heavier and noisier aircraft, including aircraft. The proposed extension is part of a master plan to move to an operational airport without a public mandate to do so. Larger aircraft currently use longer runways at Daytona Beach and Flagler County airports. The airport is not told as an “economic development asset” it currently owes half a million dollars to the city’s general fund and has been for years, in the new red ink resulting from the recent closing of the River Bend golf course (an annual loss of $96,000 rentals). Annual airport operating costs: more than $275,000. Leisure Services pays $60,000 annually in rent for the amusement parks on the North Airport property.
Thirty-four Ormond Beach subdivisions are located within the 5-mile-long Volusia County of the Ormond Airport Overlay District. Increased losses to homeowners’ property values may result from a larger, busier, and more noisy airport. Air quality will suffer as lead and jet fuel emissions increase. There are three primary schools and a middle school within the overlay area. The 127,000 annual airport operations currently reported by the city count takeoffs or landings every two minutes, twelve hours a day, every day of the year.
When the last proposal to extend the runway (runway 17-35) was put to a vote in 2004, a huge turnout from the community sent an overwhelmingly clear message to the city committee: “We don’t want a bigger, busier, and noisier airport.” Mayor Partington and Commissioner Kent joined a 5-0 vote in 2005 to reject the extension.
Seventeen years later, the citizen’s clear mandate against extending runways has not changed.
Editor’s Note: The city states that general fund money lent to the airport fund is repaid as funds become available, so the balance changes annually. These loan dollars cover the operational shortfall and provide equivalent dollars for grants.
Where has Ormond Beach’s history gone?
Ormond Beach is fast becoming a city without a past. A fire broke out at Ormond Garage in 1976 and it’s racing history on our beach. In its place stands the bank building. The Ormond Hotel, built in 1887 by pioneers John Anderson and Joseph Price, fell into disrepair and was demolished in 1992. In its place is an apartment building. The Union Church, founded by settlers in the colony of New Britain in 1883, was demolished in 1959. The second Union Church, which was built on the same site in 1960, was recently demolished. Its place.. an empty space! The Scenic Loop Engine, a cherished testament to our forested past, is fast disappearing from development.
What sets Ormond Beach apart from any other beach community? Definitely not the t-shirt shops or the resort crowds.
We have neglected the things that are our own legacy, that tell our own story. These things, once gone, are forever. Who will know their legacy? Who will tell their story? Who will understand our loss?
‘related to priorities’
I would like to point out that while I am against government waste, I also know that there are important and needed local services and programs that cost money.
I also fully understand that people are getting hurt now. So perhaps the county government will have to look for revenue outside the average taxpayer. Sure, there are people who are making a lot of money now from all the massive development. Possible sources include impact fees and property tax on commercial properties (with threshold/exemption for small businesses). Also, it may be useful to look at the current valuation values of commercial properties to ensure that they are updated to reflect increased market values due to zoning adjustments given to developers.
It’s about “priorities” (as County Sheriff Jeff Brewer mentioned). We want to make sure that the county is doing everything it can to provide us with water and be environmentally sustainable.
Mary Ann Andrew
The city can turn back
last week Ormond Beach ObserverOrmond Beach City Commissioner Dwight Selby stated: “The proposed general fund (also known as an operating fund) for the city is $35 million. The proposed tax increase is $800,000. The city has $3.4 million in excess reserves. Minimize some taxpayer slack. Don’t raise taxes. Use a quarter of the excess reserves to fund the entire budget, and the city will still have $2.6 million in excess reserves.”
I agree with Commissioner Selby. There is no need for taxpayers to demand more of their money.
Over the past year and a half, the government, at all levels, has put in place restrictions that have directly hurt jobs. Many people have lost all or a significant portion of their income and are still feeling the effects of the lockdowns. The federal government borrowed more money, printed out of thin air, leading to increased inflation. We all felt that.
Does it make sense to increase a government savings account balance by more than 40% above the policy threshold when taxpayers are still trying to get back on their feet? not mine.
Is 15% reserves too low? I think that. Earlier this year, I proposed raising the 15% threshold to 17.5 or 20%. The city can move to the rate of decline and increase the minimum reserve and still have an excess reserve balance. This is the fiscal charge and the right thing to do for Ormond Beach and the taxpayer.
honed in synergy
Civil discourse has become more controversial since we added Part Two: Common Ground. Most seem to think of common ground as having winners and losers, so they are not willing to risk losing. This is not possible because civil discourse does not have the final decision-making power. We are here to engage citizens, officials, and experts in a conversation about issues that matter to the public. Therefore, we have received criticism and criticism from a whole spectrum of our audience, including elected officials, environmentalists and business. Someone even told me to take a nap in the I-95 lane. I wrote again and asked if I offended them because I still wanted to know what they think. No response was received.
So to make it clear what we’re about, it’s about creating a win/win for everyone, which is entirely possible through a process called synergy; A group of people thinking together and talking together even during this process of speaking briefly and listening for a solution in cross-talk. It is a fairly new process for the public, and is mostly used in creating business solutions. Of course, if individuals were determined to get their way, they wouldn’t see it helpful. I admit it’s hard to understand that a creative solution will emerge that no one has thought of, but it can happen within a group of co-participants, or at least an acceptable next step as a way forward. One of the new tools we will be using is a process called Pros and Cons, to bring both sides of the problem to the surface, even without the other side present. The team member will proceed to offer other viewpoints, or anyone in the audience can take an opposing view as they see fit.
Part 2: Common Ground Means that we are indeed on common ground and that all life, “from the smallest creatures to the greatest developers” share this beautiful area that we call Ormond Beach and Volusia County. We are all responsible for him and his destiny, as well as the smallest of creatures.
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