I thought government was supposed to invest in economic development, not economic devastation. The Boise Airport Noise Study proposal is to buy 105 homes now and a total of 300-400 houses if fighter jets are stationed there.
The study estimates these houses will cost an average of $236,000 each for purchase, title insurance, demolition or moving costs and probable clean-up of infrastructure. This would mean the airport will spend $24,990,000 now for houses, and as much as $94,400,000 for homes if fighter jets come to a commercial airport.
This is economic development for house movers and demolition companies, not the taxpayers. Perhaps the Boise Airport should evaluate building the south runway for military use only at an estimated cost of $60 million.
Judy C. Bloom, Boise
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