The Anchorage Assembly passed an increase in Merrill Field rates Tuesday night. Rate increases are inevitable across the board, but the rate increases were 15% for aircraft tie-downs yet 50% for automobile long-term parking. This put the rate of parking an automobile at precisely the same rate as that of an aircraft tie-down.
One aircraft tie-down consumes as much land space as would easily accommodate eight automobiles. It is appropriate to assume that people who park an automobile long-term at Merrill Field are out of the Anchorage area, fly in, and keep an auto there for in-Anchorage business and activities.
Certainly, Anchorage is a hub for the entire state of Alaska. Wouldn’t one hope to be treated on at least an equal fee basis? How can one feel (think) other than out-of-towners are clearly discriminated against? Does this discrimination apply statewide concerning other matters as well?
— William J. Marley
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