Keep Commercial Flights Out Of Paulding County, GA!
CEO Brett Smith of Propeller Investments – whose 2012 attempt to commercialize Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County, GA failed due to public outcry and opposition – made a "very quiet" deal with the Paulding County Airport Authority (Calvin Thompson, Boyd L. Austin, David A. Austin, Blake Swafford, Doris Devey, Carolyn Wright, Alan Shipp, James C. Underwood, Kerry Tidmore, Ellis Aston and their attorney, Tom Cable) behind closed doors to commercialize the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport – a county owned, taxpayer supported general aviation airport – in November, 2012, which was then kept secret from the public for nearly a year.
In addition to opposing the manner in which this unethical contract that violates public trust and the residents’ democratic rights was handled by our Airport Authority and elected officials, residents oppose a commercial airport because it would greatly diminish the quality of life in Paulding County and its surrounding counties.
Paulding County has many wonderful things to offer, while its rural beauty and peaceful living are among its greatest strengths. The citizens of Paulding County have chosen to live here because of the quality of life it offers, which allows us to raise our families and live our everyday lives away from the hustle and bustle of more congested counties. It’s what we value and appreciate, and what the commercialization of the airport threatens to take away.
Although we understand the value of creating growth and jobs within our county, we do not believe this should or could be achieved by bringing commercial airlines to Paulding. The price each of us would pay everyday far exceeds the benefit such an endeavor could offer. We cannot be protected from the dangers of a commercial airport! Noise pollution, cancer-causing air pollution, toxic jet fuel fallout, devastated property values, increased taxes, increased crime, increased traffic and road congestion, increased illness, and the disruption of classrooms, church services, hospital and sleep are the sad realities for the residents of Paulding County if this unnecessary airport expansion occurs.
There is no need for another commercial airport so close (35 miles) to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport -- the world's #1 busiest airport. The City of Atlanta opposes the commercialization of Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport because of the adverse impact it would have on operations at Hartsfield-Jackson – the state's #1 economic engine. Still, county residents, who can have the greatest impact, are needed to speak out against this atrocity by voicing their opposition. Let's protect ourselves from corporate greed by preserving the integrity of Paulding County and the entire state of Georgia by killing this deal!
Please sign this petition expressing your opposition of a Paulding County commercial airport to our Board of Commissioners, County Mayors, Paulding County Airport Authority and Chamber of Commerce.
It is very important that your individual efforts do not stop with a signature on this petition. Everyone needs to contribute by taking the following actions:
2. Call or email your Paulding County Commissioners and Mayors to make them understand how you feel, and that you will not vote for any official supporting expansion of the airport.
3. Write comments and letters to Paulding County newspapers.
4. Attend BOC and Airport Authority Meetings!
This is a significant undertaking and will require the support of all opposed citizens. Please pass this petition onto as many people as possible. Thank you!
- Commission Chairman and Airport Authority Board Member
David A. Austin
- Post 2 Commissioner
- City of Dallas Mayor and Airport Authority Vice Chairman
Boyd L. Austin, Jr.
- Post 1 Commissioner
- Airport Director
- City of Hiram Mayor and Airport Authority Board Member
- Post 3 Commissioner
- Post 4 Commisssioner
- President of Paulding Chamber of Commerce
As a resident or supporter of Paulding County, GA, I want to express my opposition to any expansion or commercialization of the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport / Silver Comet Field.
Paulding County has many wonderful things to offer, while its rural beauty and peaceful living are among its greatest strengths.The citizens of Paulding County have chosen to live here because of the quality of life it offers, which allows us to raise our families and live our everyday lives away from the hustle and bustle of more congested counties. It’s what we value and appreciate, and what the commercialization of the airport threatens to take away.
Although we understand the value of creating growth and jobs within our county, we do not believe this should or could be achieved by bringing commercial airlines to Paulding. The price each of us would pay everyday far exceeds the benefit such an endeavor could offer. You cannot insulate our homes, schools, churches, hospital, backyards, playgrounds or parks. Jet noise would affect our sleep, our health, and our children’s education. We also have grave concerns about jet noise reducing our home values, especially those in Dallas and Hiram. This would in turn affect the tax register, causing taxes to increase throughout the county to offset these diminished home values. And, as if the realities of noise pollution aren’t bad enough, our overall, long-term health would be compromised by the increased air pollution from dangerous jet fuel and motor vehicle exhaust, putting both the residents and environment at greater risk. We do not want this for our children or ourselves!
And what about the financial risk to the county? Can we really afford another, even more expensive failure than the Atlanta Film Studios in Hiram; a poor business decision that has unjustly burdened the county taxpayers? Once again, it is “we” the taxpayers who would be on the hook and we don’t want to take the risk. Our taxes are high enough already, and the added expense of “redesigning” our infrastructure (county roads, sewers, and the other necessities connected to the airport expansion) is not something we want or can afford to pay.
The residents of Paulding County want to remind you that you were voted into office to represent and serve us. We also expect the government transparency you all campaigned on to be demonstrated, instead of keeping us, the taxpayers who support this county, in the dark regarding crucial decisions that directly impact our lives.
Now is the time for you to protect our quality of life here in Paulding County by removing any possible consideration of commercial passenger service from operating at “our” Paulding County airport.
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