March 5, 2014
My fellow Councilmembers, I am pleased to share with you that Tony Porterfield, owner of Rampart Aviation, has committed to move their company and approximately 40 high paying jobs to Colorado Springs if a Commercial Aeronautical Zone (CAZ) is established at the Colorado Springs Airport. And, there is also a potential commitment of another company’s move to Colorado Springs.
As you are aware, the Colorado Springs airport is the only full time towered airport, excluding DIA, in Colorado with a sales and use tax.
Attached for your review is a draft Ordinance to establish a CAZ at the airport. This initiative is designed to enable the airport to eliminate the sales and use tax in the zone on aircraft parts used or consumed in manufacturer, maintenance, repair or overhaul of aircraft, and to:
1. Increase the number of aircraft that hanger at the airport.
2. Increase the number of aircraft that do their maintenance at the airport.
3. Increase the number of aircraft that fuel their aircraft at the airport.
4. Increase the aircraft mechanic and aeronautic engineering jobs.
5. Increase the WWII museum collection of aircraft with more jobs.
I believe this initiative is only the beginning of an opportunity that can help revitalize the airport and is an exciting component of our 2014 Strategic Plan.
I would be honored if you would co-sponsor the ordinance.
Keith King, President