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Virginia Bills Offer Fee Break to Public-Use Airports

Posted: Jan 19, 2018 9:33 PM Updated:

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Norfolk International Airport officials and city leaders are at odds over two bills before the Virginia General Assembly that would save the airport $250,000 - stripping 1.5 percent of funding from the city's stormwater program.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the bills would give public-use airports a break on stormwater fees. The House version of the bill would grant localities the ability to provide waivers for full-service fee exemptions to airport runways and taxiways, while the Senate version would grant a partial exemption to both.

Norfolk International Airport executive director Robert Bowen says the savings would essentially get passed-on to airlines and make Virginia's airports more attractive.

But Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said in a letter that the bills shift an airport's stormwater runoff responsibility to other community property members.

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