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Re: “UNC Chancellor James Moeser flies on the taxpayers' dime

I want to clarify my comment quoted in the article on Dr. Moeser's decision to purchase the Diamond Jets. While I do not know the Chancellor's airplane mission profile beyond what is cited in the article, the article seems to get his "average" itinerary pretty closely. Yes, the jet airplanes would provide some time saving on a trip to Washington (say 45 minutes at max). On the other hand, the AHEC doctors who have ridden throughout NC in piston-driven Barons and other propeller aircraft for 39 years would derive almost no benefit from the new, expensive airplanes. The entire fleet of 5 Barons operated by AHEC might be valued at $900,000 vs. the $2.8 million 2007 cost of the two Diamonds (D-Jets). And since those D-Jets now flying are limited to one prototype and the FAA certification process is notoriously stringent, the manufacturer may never receive FAA approval to build them. More importantly, potential loss of the doctors' airbase at Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill is a strategic blunder by the University which is likely to badly erode the superlative service AHEC doctors bring to small and large NC cities every day. While Dr. Moeser contends that the airport property is necessary to the Carolina North project and closing the airfield will have little negative effect on AHEC, thousands of NC citizens feel differently. Our group, the NC Friends of Horace Williams Airport, says that the UNC-CH administration's failure to research or debate the impact on AHEC and on all other airport users of closing Horace Williams is a serious failure of stewardship. Chris Hudson Charlotte Steering Committee Member, NC Friends of Horace Williams Airport

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Posted by Chris H, Charlotte on 08/16/2007 at 11:23 AM

Re: “Transfer in the House

Regarding JohnD's concern that the transfer tax is unfair, I'd suggest that its basic fairness stems from its imposition on those enjoying the fruits of development and property appreciation. It is not coincidence that the transactions taxed tend to cause new impacts on municipal services since sale proceeds are usually turned over and back into real property and development. Taxing the sale transaction taxes the greater use of such services than taxing someone such as John who doesn't plan to sell. That seems to me to make the transfer tax fairer than an increase in a blanket property tax imposed on all landowners.

Posted by Chris H, Charlotte on 08/09/2007 at 12:12 AM

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