Editor: I think it’s pretty nervy of the Leesburg Airport Commission to “consider options for the county government to help pay for improvements to Leesburg Executive Airport.” Claims of $78 million economic impact in their 2015 annual report are just self-serving drivel when the airport is little more than a place for the 1 Percenters to park their expensive toys. Airplanes are currently taxed at the ridiculously low rate of 1 cent per $100 of assessed value. Compare that to Joe Sixpack paying $4.20 per $100 of assessed value for the car he needs to get to work.
The last time a rate increase was proposed, the commission cried it would drive owners to use other airports, despite Loudoun’s rate being the lowest around and there being a waiting list for hangar space. They also demanded any increase be used for improvements. The county caved.
Now they’re looking for a handout? Why not increase your hangar lease fees? There’s a waiting list right now, so you’re obviously priced under market. And the county should increase the aircraft tax rate and use it for general funds. I don’t get to say my car tax should go exclusively to fixing the road in front of my house—neither should they.
Gary Kowalski, Leesburg