Aviation officials ask city to take over air control tower
Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission officials have approached the Albany Board of Commissioners about taking over the air tower set to be closed due to sequestration.
City Manager James Taylor says this decision has to be made before May 5th.
The measure is estimated to cost the city somewhere around $500,000 per year and that the money would have to come out of reserves said Taylor.
If the city takes over the tower, the FAA will allow them to retain the equipment. Airport officials add that if the equipment leaves the city, they won't get it back.
The city of Valdosta has been paying for their own control tower for years. Commissioner Bob Langstaff says this is an economic development issue, meaning that if we don't have a tower and Valdosta does, companies may be more drawn to that area.
Commissioner Ivy Hines says this may be a permanent decision to take over the tower because if the city government takes it over, the federal government more than likely won't come back to open it up.
The board has unanimously a vote to look further into taking over the tower.
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