PARIS, IL. (ECWd) -
Early in the morning on October 29, 2013, I was driving past the airport road and decided to see if there were still items stored in the "Ag" buildings without any rent being paid. You might remember these articles: 1, 2, 3.
To my surprise (sarcasm there), there were still items stored in the unrented buildings, and trailers park out behind one of them. Kind of makes a person wonder what is so special about these buildings that they cannot seem to pull a rental contract out from where the sun don't shine and get someone to sign it - or if that fails, keep the buildings empty.
Could it be that once a lease contract is signed, the leaseholder is responsible for property taxes on the buildings? Yes, that is true! So now I wonder if I could make a case for property tax evasion by the airport board, the county board, and the person storing items in the buildings...
It's not like the entire county board, airport board, and airport manager don't know stuff is being stored there, I've been telling them for over nine months - they have chosen to ignore it, costing the taxpayers (me and you) money every single month in lost revenue from rent.
See for yourself, the pictures are below: