One of the largely unwritten stories in local politics is that of municipal/county airports. Communities love to tout their respective airports and what great economic development tools they are but rarely have discussions about their costs/subsidies/tax revenue etc. Planes pay taxes based on where the wheels are on January 1 so it’s not surprising to see expensive planes on the ground in low rate counties at that time.
The story of Columbus County’s ability to provide fuel 24/7 via new pumps is mostly puff and smiles, but buried at the bottom of the story is the following line:
The fiscal 2010-11 county budget calls for $501,500 in revenue for the airport with a budget of $775,179.
So, what is the county spending on this airport? What are the tax revenues? There’s the story!
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