Question of the Week: Do you support the proposed regional airport?

Oskaloosa Iowa City Hall

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Last week we asked you if you will be going shopping on Black Friday. 46 Residents responded with 27 residents (59%) voting no, 14 residents (30%) voting yes, and 5 residents (11%) voting unsure. The Question of the Week poll is unscientific and does not necessarily reflect the views of Osky News.

This week we have decided to ask you whether or not you support the proposed regional airport. Over the past couple of weeks we have heard of the possibility that Oskaloosa may join forces with Pella to form a regional airport. The move comes after two previous attempts to do this in the past four years. City Manager Michael Schrock has indicated that the main motive for this airport is to better fit the needs of our local corporations such as Musco and Pella Corp. Pella City Officials have also expressed their desire to build this airport to better serve their local businesses.

Many local residents are divided on this issue. Most of those who are against the airport cite a 2005 ballot measure in which the citizens voted overwhelmingly to keep our local airport and stop any talks with Pella City Officials. Those residents state that if Oskaloosa continues to pursue this airport, they will be ignoring many of the citizens of this community. Those who support the regional airport cite that it will help out our local corporations by providing them with an airport to use their corporate jets. They also cite the fact that it could bring in more businesses and help boost the economy in this area.

Now its your turn to let your voice known. Vote in our online poll. The poll will be open until 9 pm next Sunday when we will close the poll and release the final vote count. If you would like to know more about the regional airport, please read our previous stories about the proposal by clicking HERE and HERE.

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