Augusta council considers dropping management, maintenance of airport

Posted Oct. 13, 2011, at 11:35 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Augusta City Council is going to discuss whether the city should continue to manage and maintain the city airport, which is owned by the state of Maine.

City Manager William Bridgeo said city councilors need to discuss whether Augusta can afford to continue running the airport. The topic is expected to be discussed at a meeting on Thursday.

Since 2008, the state has paid the city $550,000 a year to manage the airport, which has commercial flights as well as charter flights and services for private pilots.

The Kennebec Journal said the state’s proposal for the city to run the airport for the next five years did not increase the annual payment.

Bridgeo said the city has agreed to a one-year extension of the previous contract.

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