CAF Controversy Will All Come Down To Vote 9/20/13
CBS 7 News
September 20, 2013
MIDLAND-The Commemorative Air Force is sparking controversy as top midland officials are speaking out against the move of its headquarters, threatening to pull funding from its annual air show.
With the air show funding under scrutiny, CBS 7 is learning more about how the CAF vote will take place to decide the fate of the move.
The CAF has called Midland home for years. The CAF's Executive Board and top officials are vocal in support of a move of its headquarters away from Midland, but city leaders are not.
"I worry that once they move the Headquarters, it'll just be the start of moving everything in Midland/Odessa,” said City Council Member Scott Dufford.
Members will vote the day before the air show, on Friday October 11th at The CAF. Absentee ballots will be accepted until November 11th, so it will be late that month before a decision is released. Votes will be counted by Weaver--a private public accounting firm.
"The CAF is going to do what's best for the CAF,” said CAF President and CEO Stephan Brown on the phone. “We're going to add another location in a major metropolitan location.”
Officials say the Midland Museum will remain and even be renovated, but some worry that funding for the air show could be cut.
"If they move the HQ, Their funding for the air show will be cut to zero," said Dufford.
The Midland City Council will hear Scott Dufford’s resolution next week--it would place limitations on their $50,000 a year hotel motel tax funding for the air show.
"If they wanted to leave Midland/Odessa, they should cut checks to all the organizations that helped get them here,” Dufford said.
Odessa has shown no sign of pulling their financial backing for the air show. The CAF says the money used from the Midland Hotel/Motel Tax Fund is only used to advertise the event.