Bob Bevilacqua, left, and Tom Catillaz — both candidates for the open Harrietstown supervisor seat this election — debate the issues Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake. Denton Publications Assistant Managing Editor Andy Flynn and Enterprise Senior Staff Writer Chris Knight asked the candidates 12 questions, and the debate lasted about one hour. It was video and audio tape recorded.
continued BOB: I would just like to echo Tom’s sentiments and thank everyone for setting this up and thank the people of the community for watching. I think it’s important that we sit down together and talk about our different ideas and the way to run the town of Harrietstown. Thank you.
QUESTION FROM CHRIS: On the subject of the airport, you both have said you want to boost revenues at the airport and reduce its burden on town taxpayers, but some of the ideas you both have suggested include things the town has already tried that have resulted in little or no success. Most people agree the airport’s an asset and an important economic engine, but what new ideas do you have that can get the airport in the black that haven’t already been tried?
BOB: First of all, I would like to go ask the county if they would either return some of the tax dollars that the airport generates or cut the county’s tax on the fuel we sell at the airport. That would be a good benefit to the airport.
The problem with looking for money from other municipalities is that you can only get it at their will. You really don’t have a way to force them to give us more money. We’ll always ask them if they’d consider us more in their budget, but with the problems right now, everybody’s in the same boat. The money’s very tight. So it’s hard for anybody to find extra money to give to one organization.
The other areas where it’s been mentioned to look at would be like paying for long-term parking. I checked with the Plattsburgh International Airport the other night, and to create long-term parking there, they had to put up a fence, put up an automatic gate going in, an automatic ticket dispenser, an automatic gate going out and an automatic way to pay for a credit card when you go out. That’d be an expense the airport just can’t afford.