Monroe County Airline Service Questions, 2 (January 2012)

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Two Monroe County Airline Service Questions were on the January 31, 2012 ballot in the city of Marathon which is in Monroe County.

The first measure sought to ask the county commissioners to pursue commercial airline services between Marathon and either Miami or Fort Lauderdale.

  • YES 1,068 (64.4%)Approveda
  • NO 588 (35.5%)

The second measure was dependent on the first and asked residents that if airline service was offered, would residents want to establish a taxing district to pay for subsidies for the airlines to fly to their airport.[1]

  • YES 485 (29.5%)
  • NO 1,156 (70.4%)Defeatedd[2]

Officials from the city of Marathon noted that residents needed to show their support for these measures so that the message of needing airline services is heard. Noting that commercial airline services is essential to the county and its growth. If a taxing district had been approved, officials expected a levy of $.10 per $1,000 of assessed property rate to support the district.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Proposition 1: Should the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners actively pursue commercial airline service at a minimum of two inbound and two outbound flights daily between Marathon and either Miami or Fort Lauderdale or another major airport?

Proposition 2: If necessary, do you support the creation of a taxing district or other local government funding mechanism to pay for or subsidize commercial airline service at a minimum of two inbound and two outbound flights daily between Marathon and either Miami or Fort Lauderdale or another major airport?[4]

References

  1. Monroe County Elections, January Sample Ballot
  2. Monroe County Elections, January Election Results
  3. Keys Net, "Florida Keys referendum votes are Tuesday," January 28, 2012
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.