Questions to County Administrator Huckelberry:

 WHAT FELL FIRST?

THE KFC CHICKEN SANDWICH OR

THE PIMA COUNTY WORLD VIEW $15 MILLION DOLLAR SPACE BALLOON? 

Neither.  It was the Pima County taxpayers' $15-plus million dollars invested in the World View Space Balloon and SpacePort Tucson deal that took a huge nose-dive on June 30, 2017.  Remember, this was a deal approved by Supervisors Bronson, Elias, Valadez, and former Supervisor Carroll.

The balloon flight which lasted a mere 17 hours, was originally expected to last for four days.  But, the balloon had a different plan -- and a leak--  which forced its early landing.  Read the full article . . .  .  

For more local reading on the matter, check out the Arizona Daily Independent's (ADI) reporting of the failed Chickship-1.

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At the May 17, 2017 Board meeting, County staff announced the receipt of an AzDOT grant in the amount of $2.179 million to reimburse the county for costs associated with the construction of the SpacePort Tucson. Watch the video to see the responses Supervisor Miller received when questioning the grant application.

On May 25, 2017, Tom Burke, Pima County's Deputy County Administrator, responded to an information request submitted by my office regarding the SpacePort Tucson grant.  Mr. Burke stated:

"The Aeronautical Division of the Arizona Department of Transportation awards grants ... to date, the County has not formally submitted a grant application and anticipates doing so this coming fiscal year ...."



Has a grant application been submitted and awarded to the County for reimbursement of the $2.179 million spent on SpacePort Tucson?

The answer:  NO

At the January 19, 2016 Board meeting, you requested the Board approve the SpacePort Operating Agreement with World View.  In that request, you asked for authorization to apply for a spaceport license and approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.  The SpacePort construction is now completed at a cost of $2.179 million dollars.  

Has the County received FAA approval?

The answer:  NO

The meeting summary from the Board of Supervisors' January 19, 2016 meeting reported your office asked for approval to "authorize all necessary actions" to apply for a construction-in-aid grant from the Aeronautic Division of AzDOT to supplement County funding for construction of the spaceport (www.pima.gov). 

Has any supplemental funding been received by the County from AzDOT?

The answer:  NO


This is NOT fake news!

WHAT'S THE STATUS OF SPACEPORT TUCSON?

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