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.