(Asheville Citizen Times) In another move aimed at the city’s regional assets, the state is expected to strip Asheville of control of the $60 million Asheville Regional Airport.
A bill to put the airport under a regional authority passed a key Senate committee Wednesday. The entire body is expected to approve it soon, said bill sponsor Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson.
The city, which started the airport more than 50 years ago, has final say on most projects. It could take even more control in 2018 when a contract with other local governments is set to expire, something McGrady said should not happen.
“There is a lot of history here. But frankly, I don’t care much about all the history. I sat on the Airport Authority board. I know it would operate better if the authority were truly independent,” he said.
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