Letter to the Editor: Proper planning
BY Ralph Kelley, Broken Arrow
Friday, September 21, 2012
9/21/12 at 3:10 AM
I fully understand that we might need to do some maintenance on the city-owned airport facilities. Most companies include costs for routine, predictable maintenance, such as roof maintenance, in their fee structure, but it appears that the city does not do that. I have not seen any comments in the media as to why this does not happen.
I understand that we might need to have some facility upgrades in electrical service. Again, we see this all the time with other facilities and there should have been a budget for this requirement. Upgrades of this type are a routine in most businesses.
I do not understand why the city would be willing to pay for a new test facility for new aircraft engines that AA is buying.
Should not AA be planning these costs when it decides to purchase these aircraft? Other companies must always plan for facility modifications and upgrades to accommodate any upgrades to their processes.
It appears that the city has deferred these expected costs and now wants a bond issue to cover the budgeting mistakes of the past.
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