Jobs! Tourists! New Business Development! More jobs! Lots of other pluses!Best of all: "Taxpayer dollars are not being used on the project,
and travelers won't have to worry about inflated airfares, said Maureen
Riley, executive director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports."I'm duly impressed with the Capitalist engine on this.
Something's bound to trickle down my way.
I love it when public employees claim that no taxpayer dollars are being spent.
Federal grants are not free, they come from taxpayer dollars. And yes, the tax
load is spread across the country, but likewise Utah taxpayers are funding
grants for airports in other states as well, so that's a specious argument.
In addition, the "user fees" are just another name for taxes, which any
of us who travel now pay in abundance. In fact, the car rental and other funding
sources mentioned all eventually come out of our pockets. And yet, it is so easy
for government officials to spend this "free", painless money. Do they
realize it comes out of their individual pockets as well?
Federal Grants use tax payer dollars. All the other "users" of the
airport who get to pay for it will raise their rates.We all pay for
it one way or another.
Don't take the SLC airport to "new heights". It ain't broke.
Lets learn to life frugally.
Having expanded areas for missionary arrivals and departures is important. It
is money well spent. No matter where the money is coming from.
The Utah GOP is all about cutting the federal deficit, except of course when it
comes to funding a pet project like the SLC airport expansion. What a bunch of
Someone always wants to make a everything partisan issue. In this issue there
is nothing partisan at all.If no State revenue is used and as the
airport is the SLC airport which the SLC County is also partners in, the
decision to take on the project was not a Utah GOP decision at all. In fact, it
had to do with the SLC City Council and Mayor and a County Mayor and Council.
Look at the partisan make up of the City and County Councils and Mayors. Perhaps the hypocrisy is coming from afar.
Love the idea of glass. Reminds me of one of those 1970s disaster movies where
the 747 comes crashing into the terminal.
Didn't anyone look at the option of privatizing the airport?Some airport user fees are added to the prices of airline tickets, but what
about all those missionary families? They're using facilities they
didn't pay for, and asking the taxpayers to cover the costs! Those
free-riders are no better than illegal immigrants!But just think of
the money that an investor could make if he charged a $3 per head admission fee
for those "expanded waiting areas"!
sounds like costs to travel are about to go up...
I love that there will be a passenger meet and greet area. It will be great when
we drop off and/or pick up family. I also like the linear design. The Detroit
airport is designed linearly and is very easy to navigate.
Glad to know that between the taxes people pay to the state and what they pay to
the federal gov't that there is 1.8 bil to spare.
This is a complete waste of taxpayer money - the airport is fine - I use it all
of the time - leave it alone.And to say that no taxpayer funds are
being used is a lie - a lie is saying something you know to not be the whole
truth in an effort to deceive. So to say that no taxpayer funds will be used is
a bold faced lie. Shame.
@ waikiki dave - the airport falls under the Salt Lake Airport Authority which
is under Salt Lake City government which is primarily run by Democrats - nice
try though.As a frequent user of the airport my observation is that
it is way past due for an upgrade and reconfiguration. The current design
creates bottlenecks for planes getting in and out of gates and the passenger
areas are very congested, especially at the ends of the terminals. In the event
of an emergency it would be a nightmare to get people out of the current
facility at peak travel times. As for the funding, yes, we all pay.
Just like we do for roads, police, fire and other public infrastructure even
though we may never use it. A good airport as part of a good transportation
system will attract jobs and tourists and we all benefit from that and over time
that revenue growth will offset the cost of the rebuilding. I
applaud the coming changes. They should have started 10 years ago.
It's about time we get the airport we need, this should have happened 10-20
years ago. SLC can rival the better airports and really needs to avoid becoming
LaGuardia West.Please also update your caption on the satellite
image picture, that's an overlay showing the size of the airport in
relation to downtown, not an actual satellite image of the current site. It
would be amusing if the terminal actually sat downtown, talk about a logistics
"what about all those missionary families? They're using facilities
they didn't pay for, and asking the taxpayers to cover the costs! Those
free-riders are no better than illegal immigrants!"Now we blame
the church, oh wait the church pays for the airline tickets that have user fees
attached. They are not free loaders as you imply. From your thought process
every passenger using the airport is a free loader. The bigotry of such a
spiteful statement of something you suppose.
cjb,One must understand what it means to be frugal before making
such a demand. ;)Frugal doesn't mean "don't invest in
anything above food and shelter", it means "invest with prudence".
Also, economic growth and frugality aren't mutually exclusive. You have to
spend money to get it. I want a more welcoming airport to Utah's
environment and atmosphere. It will bring more tourism, more layover city trips
and business, etc.$10 from taxes/grants and other stuffSpend $10, $9 of it on labor.Labor means the $9 went back into the same
economyEarn $16 in tourism, low energy costs, etc.$16 goes into the
same economy.Not only is the first $10 made up for... but it
wasn't really lost in the first place as it was already earned money being
spent to recirculate. Money is never lost, it's simply paper. Our resources
are reallocated. The question then is whether it's worth it.Lower energy cost is worth itTourism boost is worth itOther
economic boosts are worth itA smoother In/Out of airport traffic is worth
it, saves money, time, wasted time, and helps tourism.Not doing this
is already costing us more.
Why the Airport expansion is needed and beneficial to Salt Lake City and Utah in
general:Salt Lake City manages this airport. Not the state of
Utah.8 additional gates means approx 192 extra daily landing and
takeoff's and 28,400 additional passengers carried daily increaing the
airport capasity on a yearly basis from 20 million passengers to 30 million
passengers. The long term effect on the economy by 2022 would be near to 6 to 8
billion dollars a year in additional economic impact to Salt Lake specially and
Utah in general.Larger planes such as A380's and 747's and
newer designs will be more easily accomodated.Future growth of
larger corporation could be enhansed that is not factured in yet. Example: Chicago Midway airport: Similar runway numbers and passenger traffic
remodeled and handles nearly 100,000 additional airline operations per year. In
addition, if Chicago hadn't the foresight to expand 60 years ago Ohare and
it's 8 runways would not exsist: resulting in 70 million passengers and
more importantly 38.1 billion dollars in economic impact affecting the creation
of 500,000 jobs directly related back to Ohare. Salt Lake needs the
expansion to grow. Politicians of both parties see this economic driver. Do the
This is actually a function of combined government agencies that makes sense
economically. The build out will lessen the cost to individuals in the long run
by expanding the pool of users. This spreads the costs to a wider segment thus
lowering the per use cost. Better efficency. In addition, the new design will
cut enegy use at this airport by 30% or so. Saving money while giving a
commanding look at the mountains there, which no mural in any other airport can
match. That will positively benefit tourism. For those of you
thinking 1.8 billion will magically appear or all come out of your wallet please
take into account these facts:1. Additional airline landing fees2. Additional air cargo fees3 Additional sales tax revenue4.
Additional property, income, and other taxes.5 Tens of thousands of new
jobs created over the next 8 to 10 years with those individuals paying taxes
from the new business development: new homes, stores, schools, highways, parks,
being built to service the expansion of jobs generated by an expanding airport.
More jobs means additional city, county and state revenues without raising taxes
if done right. Other Airports expanding that will have an effect on
SLC. Chicago Peetone, LAX.