It's a Steal Not a Deal
According to Kent Crider, the fair market price for the lease of an entire airport is $350/month. Leann was at a recent meeting and wanted a 10 year lease at $350/month. Who would blame her? I was sitting there like, you tried it! But to my surprise, the majority of the board didn't go along with the request despite the fact that a couple of board members were more than willing to sign off on the deal. Keep in mind that there were people paying twice that just to lease a place to sell doughnuts or collect bills but in Lumberton, $350/month is a fair price because our airport doesn't have a fueling station. There's 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom homes in Lumberton tnat a renting for $550/month and I don't think there's any weekend where the renters are making $10,000. But in Lumberton, you can rent an entire airport, charge for jumps, equipment and have your own cafe on the grounds while the taxpayers foot the bill for the hangers/buildings you use, pay the matching portion of grants for new projects that's not covered by the monthly rent of $350/month.
Does this cause anyone to scratch their heads? Keep in mind, the people that thought this was a great deal are the ones managing the city's budget. It amazes me that the mayor and board members want to make money but don't seem to want their city to prosper. I don't care if Leann Igo looked like Pamela Anderson during the Baywatch era, business is business. At the meeting where they voted on the lease price, it was noted that the City of Lumberton never reveived copies of the financial records from the Gold Coast Skydivers and that was one of the lease requirements. But they went ahead and gave her a 2 year lease extension anyway. Most of the people serving on the board have their own business and one would think they would make better business decisions. I guarantee you that Winston won't haul his heavy equipment and work for you at the same discounted rate they gave the skydivers group. I'm sure Kent expect payments not thank you when he compltes a job. When Tommy Dukes is selling barbeque or detailing cars, you're paying top dollar and I don't think Cora would still be in business if she relied on clients to tell her their salary instead of getting verification. They want to make money to support their families. Why is it so difficult for them to realize that the same is needed to support a city? Well, there's a few slots left for the Gold Coast Skydivers Memorial Day Weekend Bash. If that's something that interests you, sign up. At least somebody's making money.