Sunday, July 31, 2011 – 11:45 a.m.
There’s more drama at the troubled San Bernardino International Airport.
On the heels of a scathing Grand Jury report questioning the airport management’s decision-making and expenditures comes another little bombshell.
Suspicions that have been building over the delay in the construction of a planned customs building appear to be well-founded.
Construction that has been suspended for some time.
It seems the project, which has escalated in price, has been intentionally delayed to benefit tenant and construction manager Scot Spencer.
Sources close to the situation say that construction of the facility has been delayed to allow Spencer to avoid paying county property taxes and rent payments to the San Bernardino International Airport Authority (SBIAA).
Two expenses that Spencer would be required to pay and maintain upon the completion and final inspection of the structure.
Spencer, who has been afforded exclusive control of much of the airport facilities, has been struggling to maintain rent payments and keep his property taxes current.
Previously, SBIAA has recapitalized past due monies owed by Spencer into new financing and loan agreements.
With no activity at the airport the pressure on Spencer to perform on his financial commitments, without further subsidy from taxpayers, is enormous.