Augusta can no longer afford to manage airport

Posted Oct. 14, 2011, at 11:17 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Augusta City Council says the city can no longer afford to run the state airport in the Maine capital for the amount of money the state is willing to pay.

The state pays the city $550,000 a year and the city is operating under a one-year extension of a five-year deal with the state. The city has been paid the same amount since 2008 and the state says it can’t afford to increase the payment.

The Kennebec Journal said the city can’t afford to pay for airport operations from the general fund.

Airport Manager John Guimond, a city employee, said the state official who oversees airports didn’t have an answer when he asked what would happen if the city stopped managing the airport.

 

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