Port to seek airport sales taxing authority

Pangborn Airport sales tax

There could be a sales tax in the future to support Pangborn Memorial Airport.

The recently created Chelan/Douglas Regional Port Authority is looking at a one-tenth of one-percent sales tax that would generate about $3 million a year.

The money would be used for vital capital improvements at the airport.

NCWLIFE Channel Senior Correspondent Steve Hair has more on this story.

The idea of a sales tax cropped up last year prior to the functional consolidation of the two port districts.

At that time, estimates showed the airport needs about $60 million over the next 10 years

Already, consolidation of the ports should save about $500,000 a year, said Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz.

But Kuntz says the current revenue generated from the airport’s operations falls far short of what will be needed, even with FAA matching grant money.

The plan would require legislative approval before going to voters in Chelan and Douglas counties.

Kuntz plans to begin that effort by meeting with 12th District lawmakers to discuss the proposal. 

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.