FAQ

What type of airport is Central Texas Airport (CTA)?

CTA is a privately owned and operated General Aviation Reliever Airport for the Central Texas Region.

What is Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers (Eco-Merge GCC)?

Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers is the development that surrounds CTA. CTA provides general aviation access to the region, which allows Eco-Merge GCC to be the relocation site for new businesses, corporate campuses, demonstration facilities for new technologies, offices, and, most importantly, general aviation aircraft for these businesses.

What is the length of the CTA runway?

The CTA runway is 7200 feet long.

Can any aircraft land at CTA?

No, CTA is privately owned and can refuse landing access to aircraft that are not in the CTA aircraft profile, unless in the case of an emergency. With this policy in place, CTA will not attract business from surrounding airports, military flyovers, student pilots, aircraft or operations that are not compatible with the surrounding Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers campus and Bastrop community.

What kind of noise impact will this airport have on the surrounding community?

The CTA model includes surrounding campus sites, offices and demonstration facilities. Therefore, it is in the best interest of business and local residents alike that the noise impact be kept as unobtrusive as possible. To achieve this goal, CTA seeks to service Stage 3 and Stage 4 aircraft, which are the quietest aircraft that fly. Also, all of the required noise cones lie within our property boundaries.

What opportunities are there for the community?

Visit our Opportunities page for information about how CTA can help the surrounding community.

Will there be jobs available at CTA?

Yes, by estimates of a study conducted by The Perryman Group, Central Texas Airport and Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers will create approximately 43,414 jobs in the state of Texas over the course of full build-out, including 32,917 located within Bastrop County. There will be an enormous amount of jobs available during the construction phase as well as the ongoing operation of the airport. Many more jobs will also be created in Bastrop County and the surrounding community as economic multipliers spur the growth of existing businesses and attract new businesses.

What types of jobs will be available at CTA?

Jobs available at CTA will include positions with onsite maintenance companies, corporate campuses, trade and technical schools, high school internship programs, and positions that come with maintaining the first green airport in the United States.

Are there any environmental issues resulting from the operation of CTA?

No, environmental site assessments have produced no evidence of recognized negative environmental conditions in connection with CTA.

Has the CTA airspace been approved by the FAA?

Yes, the airspace has been reserved with and approved by the FAA.

How can I help CTA and GCC?

You can submit a letter of support, invite others to visit our website, and attend community events in show support of CTA. Visit our Activism page for more information.

Will Bastrop County taxpayers have to pay for Central Texas Airport or Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers in any way?

No, CTA and Eco-Merge GCC are privately funded developments.

Will property taxes increase on Bastrop County residents because of Central Texas Airport?

No. Historically, the airport site has been agriculturally exempt ranchland. The total 2009 taxes for this property only paid: Elgin ISD - $9,750; Bastrop County - $4,163; and ESD #1 $571. The development of this ranchland will result in significant increases in the amounts of property taxes being paid to Bastrop County, Elgin ISD and Bastrop County ESD #1 from the CTA and Eco-Merge GCC projects. Additionally, Bastrop County will receive significant increases in tax collections from new tax base that CTA and Eco-Merge GCC will create and attract to all areas of the county. The Economic Impact Assessment performed by The Perryman Group forecasts more than $625 million in total spending, nearly $300 million in output and over 3,800 jobs, concentrated in the Bastrop County area, during the construction phase of the CTA and Eco-Merge GCC projects. Ongoing operations of the project (at maturity) forecast annual gains of $8.3 Billion in total spending, $4.1 Billion in output and more than 43,000 jobs. This level of overall economic impact for Bastrop County and the surrounding areas will create significant new revenues for all taxing entities and positive growth for the regions business community.  As a point of comparison, the current total taxable base for all of Bastrop County is less than $4 Billion.

Does Central Texas Airport or Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers plan another taxing district that will impose an additional tax rate on the residents of Bastrop County?

No. If CTA or Eco-Merge GCC request and receive approval to create a municipal district to levy taxes, those taxes will only apply to businesses and properties that lie within the boundaries of the CTA district. There would be no adverse tax impact to anyone outside of the airport district.

If a municipal district were utilized, what properties would be included within the boundaries of the Central Texas Airport District?

Only properties owned by Central Texas Airport or Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers would be included in the district.

Why would Central Texas Airport want, or need, a municipal district?

Municipal utility districts were established in Texas to assist in the private development of public use infrastructure projects. A municipal utility district could allow CTA to levy an additional tax only on the taxable businesses and properties within its boundaries. These funds could help recover the initial capital cost and defray the ongoing costs of operation, maintenance, repair and replacement of water, wastewater, irrigation, and stormwater drainage systems, fire and security protection and other approved costs.

On the contrary, our project is projected to generate over a billion dollars of new taxable properties for Bastrop County and other taxing entities. because there are currently no aircraft on the tax rolls. If CTA opens with only 250 aircraft on the first day of operations it is estimated to increase the total taxable dollars for Bastrop County by $1.8 Billion Dollars. To put that into perspective, the total tax base in Bastrop County is currently 3.8 billion dollars and the first day of operations our project could increase that tax base by half.

Does Central Texas Airport need financial assistance from the Texas Legislature?

No federal or state funding is being sought for CTA. If a municipal district is utilized to assist CTA and Eco-Merge GCC with the payment of its infrastructure and ongoing costs of operation and maintenance, CTA might ask for legislative approval to expand the districts authority. CTA would seek authorization for the district to reimburse or fund airport infrastructure, systems and improvements and perhaps alternative/renewable energy and conservation projects with tax dollars collected only at CTA and Eco-Merge GCC.

How will Central Texas Airport be funded?

Airports are considered 75+year infrastructure assets that are proven to be one of the largest economic generators available for communities. The costs associated with airport facilities are very expensive. Examples of these are: design, development and construction; navigational and communications systems, lighting, and aviation support facilities; security and fire protection; airport systems and roadway infrastructure, technology and facility upgrades; and ongoing repairs, maintenance, labor, operations and management. Because of this expense, federal, state and local governments typically fund airports and their operations and pass the expense through to the airport users and the communities that receive the economic benefits. Central Texas Airport proposes to privately develop and operate this public-use airport facility, and does not want to accept the available federal funding, which would not allow operational restrictions that are essential for Eco-Merge Green Corporate Centers and the Bastrop community. A unique public-private financing model is proposed that will attract new bases of property and sales taxes to Bastrop County that would not otherwise be possible. CTA proposes to privately fund the project and participate in the new tax revenues that are generated only within the boundaries of the CTA and Eco-Merge GCC property. This financing model represents new growth that actually pays for itself.