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Letter to the editor: Pilots stimulus package would help local businesses

I would like to respond to Bryan DeVoe’s letter to the editor that published April 30, 2009, regarding the Flight Tracking System.

I, for one, appreciate you coming out and attending the meeting. So many people don’t attend and don’t have the opportunity to speak with the board or other citizens that may or may not share a common point of view. We all learn from each other.

I’d like to address your misconception of the proposed “pilots stimulus package” you refer to. I’m sorry if you misunderstood the concept so I will recount it here.

This was an alternative to authorizing the spending of $10 million of the flight tracking system ” and instead spend a fraction of that by encouraging users of the airport, passengers and pilots from out of the area to shop locally and spend their money in the Tahoe-Truckee area.

Local pilots would not be eligible for this program. If passengers/pilots bring receipts from local businesses to the airport, then the airport would issue rebates to them for shopping in Truckee and Tahoe.

Recipients could use the rebate to buy more goods from local businesses or use it immediately for a fuel discount.

The proposal would not cost local businesses anything. As you can see, a direct economic stimulus for the local businesses in our town would be the direct beneficiary of this program. It’s too bad this idea was summarily dismissed though; I hope it was just a misunderstanding of the concept, rather than a statement of apathy for local businesses.

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