Brunswick Naval Air Station Update
At last tally, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority(MRRA), the state created unelected government of Brunswick Landing charged with restoration of the Brunswick Naval Air Station to a civilian entity has now garnered over $162 million of the taxpayers dollars and the remaining physical assets of the base. This is over twice the amount already wasted at Loring Air Force Base in Presque Isle for the same objective.
The MRRA has not sold a single piece of property other than the land under the former family housing and that because they were saddled with a lease rate by the Navy that did not fit their modus operandi. Lease funds and government largess are being used to enhance the remaining property for further leases which are solely intended to perpetuate the MRRA and its employees. Why else would some of the leases extend for up to 30 years?
Fortunately, a lot of this money is yet to be spent but the bulk of the revenue generated by the companies that occupy the facility and take advantage of low lease rates and tax shelters other businesses cannot access, now pays the salaries and benefits of the MRRA’s staff. I once hoped someone would put a stop to this fleecing of the taxpayer but with Loring now entering its 17th year almost all hope has been lost.