Columbia airport funds could be approved Monday

The Jefferson City Council will decide Monday whether to contribute $100,000 to the Columbia Regional Airport to help land a new airline serve the area.

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The funds, considered to be a one-time expenditure, would be deposited to guarantee profits in exchange for a proposed new service at the airport.

But the measure has been opposed by the airport advisory committee for Jefferson City Memorial Airport, whose members say the airport needs many things and could use that money. They also claim similar agreements at other airports ended with the airline leaving after the one year of guaranteed profits.

The issue could be taken up early in Monday’s council meeting. One of the first items on the agenda is a presentation from Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid on the proposal. Mayor Eric Struemph said the issue has been discussed between the two cities for some time.

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