Continental Pushes for Houston Airport Measure

Opponents say voters should say no to Proposition G because of the effect it could have outside the airports for other city services paid for by enterprise funds.


Giving out yard signs

Continental, which this week began handing out thousands of yard signs, said its political action committee called the Committee to Save Houston Airport Jobs has spent $184,000 as of Sept. 28 on the campaign. It has contributions of $782,000, which include in-kind contributions such as billboards carrying its message.

The opposition committee, "Let the People Vote, Houston," raised just $500, but spent about $58,000 after $64,500 in loans by Hotze, its treasurer.

"The investment is small compared to the $3 billion that we and the Houston Airport System have invested in Intercontinental's infrastructure in the last 10 years," Messing said. "Our expenses for this campaign are well-justified considering the value of the airport assets that are at risk under the current city charter."

WHAT IT MEANS

Name: Proposition G

Purpose: Eliminate caps on the city's enterprise funds.

Impact: Funding for Houston's airports, sewer and water systems.

Arguments

For: Current funding caps could stifle needed airport construction and other projects.

Against: Eliminating the caps could mean higher taxes.

When: Early voting on Proposition G and other items on the ballot begins Oct. 23 and extends through Nov. 3.

Source: Chronicle



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