Prop. 1 supporters worry about future of Fairchild



Posted on November 6, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 7:40 PM

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE.--Voters’ decision to reject Proposition One has supporters worried about the future of Fairchild.

Those opposed are still not sure they can keep their mobile homes near the base.

Proposition one would have moved mobile homes near the base. They were considered to be in a potential crash zone.

Supporters of Proposition one said clearing the homes near Fairchild would help keep the base open.

The supporters argued the fewer people living in potential crash zone would lessen the odds that the military would close Fairchild in the future.

The people who live in the homes never thought that was enough of a reason to move.

"I simply felt like there was too many questions, nobody had any answers. And I don't know about other voters but I don't vote if I can't find the final result,” said mobile home owner Esther Rhoads.

All residents in Spokane County would have paid a tax in order to pay for moving the homes.

Supports believe they did not explain the issue properly.

"It might just mean we need to spend more time educating the community not only the value that Fairchild offers but the real potential of losing that asset,” said Spokane County Commissioner Al French.

Catholic Charities is a group impacted by the proposition.

The non-profit is building homes in Airway Heights and wanted to provide a place for the people living in the mobile homes.

"This was one of those rare moments in our community where you had an initiative that would actually benefit the economy and the biggest employer in the area, Fairchild, and benefit the poor all at once,” said Catholic Charities representative Rob McCann.

People who own their mobile home are relieved they do not have to give up where they live for now.

"We're going to proceed with life as it is here, but and we live one day at a time,” said Rhoads.

Catholic Charities hoped to have their housing project finished in two years and is still moving forward with its plan.

The commissioners are looking into how else they can get those homes out of the potential crash zone.