Friday, November 9, 2012

Wood River Voters Ground Air Service Local-Option Tax

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

A measure aimed at incentivizing commercial airlines to maintain or bring more air service to the Wood River Valley failed Tuesday night.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that while the measure, calling for a local-option tax to shore up air service, passed in Sun Valley, the LOT failed in Ketchum and Hailey. The ballot measure required 60 percent approval. Sun Valley registered 61 percent for "yes," while Ketchum only secured 58 percent for "yes," and only 59 percent of voters in Hailey favored the proposed tax.

"I felt really confident it would pass in Ketchum," Eric Seder, Fly Sun Valley Alliance president, told the Mountain Express. "I was wrong."

The Fly Sun Valley group said it would form a new plan to re-launch the campaign over the next year.

"We will continue to do what we can with the resources we have," Seder told the Mountain Express.

In September, opponents of the local-option tax proposal said they thought the new tax would hurt sales.

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