The proposal by the Mesa City Council to impose a landing fee on every aircraft that touches down at Mesa’s Falcon Field airport as high as $50 is ludicrous, if not outright robbery. This move is no way to initiate putting the businesses at the airport out of business so they will move and the land can be developed for buildings. This is like how Hugo Chavez of Venezuela took over American companies in his country. How can a city council make such a dictatorial decision without putting it to the vote of the residents of Mesa? Where is democracy?
Falcon Field was there before the homes surrounding it. If the homeowners do not like hearing airplanes, they should have never bought their homes there and should sell them and move. They knew they were buying next to an airport.
Businesses at the airport contribute to Mesa’s economy and pay taxes that go to the city so why a landing fee other than to oust them? The airport is important and does not need landing fees to destroy it.