There is a long-standing tension regarding the role of the McKinney airport between the people who tend to get elected to the city council and many residents.
McKinney's taxpayers have helped pay for the airport's needs since the late 1970s. Historically, citizens have subsidized some part of the airport operations through infrastructure bonds and/or yearly general fund payments. The city committed more taxpayer money when it bought the FBO in 2013 for over $20M through city council action. Including the FBO purchase, the people of McKinney have put in about $90-100M just to get the airport in the self-sufficient (minus all infrastructure costs) condition it enjoys now.
With a $200M airport expansion bond on the ballot this May, more people are paying attention than usual to what they want for the future of the airport and the city. This vote is about taking on a lot of debt and providing constant monetary support in the long term for a commercial airport.
Now might be a good time to review the history of the 190 acres of land the city bought in 2017 for the airport. It might explain why many are skeptical of what they are being told about what will happen moving forward, whether the ballot measure passes or fails.
In 2015, the city held a bond election for $50M to buy more land for the airport, supposedly to expand the number of hangars. The election was in November, and it failed. Voters said they didn't want to spend $50M on the airport, period. Read this review of the airport and the failed bond here from the DMN.
Just a year after the bond failed, the city began the appraisal process for the land it wanted for the airport anyway. The city was not legally able at that time to spend any money on the airport because of the failed bond. Read about it here. The failed bond didn't stop the city from preparing to move forward. Read the date and note the 190 acres of land on this city memo.