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County slashes airport budget request
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Warren County Memorial Airport had its proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-16 cut by $325,000 by members of the county’s Budget and Finance Committee.Members met Tuesday and once again reviewed the airport’s request for funding. Discussion was tabled earlier in the month in order to ask airport manager Richard Crawford to attend a meeting and explain why the airport needed an additional $344,000 this year, from $317,000 given last year to $661,000 requested this year.The items cut from the budget were requests for $25,000 for “rental home removal” and $250,000 for “runaway expansion” which is 10 percent of a $2.5 million grant the airport received for the project. An additional $50,000 for the construction of a maintenance shed was “tabled” until after the county’s financial outlook for the upcoming year could be determined.