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By Tim Leeds 

County asks for airport tax

Work required on runway, maintenance needed


August 22, 2014

Eric Seidle

Cape Air's 7 p.m flight arrives at the Havre airport Tuesday. The Hill County Commission is asking voters to approve a tax increase to pay for its $300,000 share of Federal Aviation Administration-mandated runway improvements, as well as repairs and maintenance at the airport.

The Hill County Commission is sending a request to voters in November for a tax to pay for work at the Havre City-County Airport.

Commissioner Jeff LaVoi, who sits on the airport board, said the tax would pay for Federal Aviation Administration-mandated work on the runway and for repairs and maintenance.

If the runway work is not done, it could affect federal funding and having a commercial airline fly to and from the airport, now provided by the Essential Air Service-subsidized Cape Air flights.

"FAA told us that we had to redo the main runway, so we really don't have a choice," LaVoi s...

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