YUCCA VALLEY — The airport district here will hold a special election July 2 for a new tax to raise money to operate and maintain the airport.

If the tax passes, all property in the district will be charged 2 cents per square foot, an amount adjusted annually for inflation.

A typical property owner in the district may expect to pay an additional $200 or $300 on annual property taxes, depending on the size of the parcel.

The tax would generate an estimated annual revenue of $146,000, if all taxes were collected.

Measure Z must be approved by two-thirds of the district’s approximately 42 registered voters to pass, according to the county elections office.

If the tax doesn’t pass, the airport district will have to dissolve because it will not meet requirements to have a stable source of income, Bob Dunn, a member of the district Board of Directors, said. The airport will then become a private corporation.

The supporters’ argument submitted to the county states the airport is an important community resource. The public facility is available for use by government agencies responding to fires and search-and-rescue operations.

Medical teams use the airport to load trauma patients onto helicopters and fly them to hospitals.

Currently, the airport runs on $10,000 it gets each year from a Caltrans fund that distributes aviation gas tax money. The rest of the operating revenue comes from private use fees.

(4) comments

Branson Hunter

Is it "unconscionable" for 42 homeowner/taxpayers surrounding the boundaries of the airport (lower income neighborhoods) to subsidize the more affluent skybirds with a levy of $ 200-$300 a year in order to keep airport fees lower?

How many of those "42" have ever used the local airport?

Hidesertgirl23

Why doesn't Yucca Valley fire the City Manager,
hire a local for half the price and use the rest to improve the airport?
Two problems solved.
For $300,000. buys a lot.

Jimmer60

Branson...You ask how many of those 42 have ever used the airport...I lived in Yucca Valley from 1966 to 1993 and had an airplane based there from 1987 to 1993...I knew many of those property owners who but up to the airport. Many of those houses have hangars with planes in them and these property owners fly in and out of this airport. Most of them are retired folks who love this airport and love the community. When i come down to Yucca from Oregon I visit with alot of them at our "Daily Briefing". at Del Taco...They are a great bunch of guys whom many are good friends. I sincerely hope this helps inform you a little. My goal is not to sit here and argue. Just to maybe help inform and teach...Jim

Branson Hunter

Thanks Jim for your informative and thoughtful comments.

Of those property owners, how many have ever used the airport? Five, 10, 40?

Welcome to the discussion.

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