MTAA Increases Mill Levy To Keep Forbes Tower Funded

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority's property tax levy goes up under the 2014 budget its board approved Tuesday.

The increase is .824 mills. Much of the increase comes from the budget including $650,000 to cover the cost of keeping the Forbes Field air traffic control tower open, should the Federal Aviation Administration decide to pull federal funding.

Both the Forbes and Billard towers were on a list of closures slated to take effect earlier this year under federal budget reductions. However, compromises by Congress continued funding for the time being.

MTAA Director Eric Johnson told 13 News the FAA won't make its decision until October 1, so MTAA officials built in the money just in case.

If federal funding continues, Johnson says the board will either reduce the mill levy or roll the money over for a runway construction project to begin in 2015.

The budget has no contingency for keeping the Billard tower if federal funding ends.


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