Airport dispute could cost millions in federal funding

TUPELO — A dispute between the Tupelo City Council and the city’s Airport Authority could cost the city millions of dollars in federal funds and leave an already deteriorating former Army Aviation Support Facility in disrepair.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the council this week rejected a $1.85 million grant to upgrade the armory and other airport facilities because its members said airport Executive Director Josh Abramson sprang it on them at the last minute.

Abramson denied this.

Other council members questioned airport policy decisions and whether one of its new tenants, Universal Asset Management, caused the damage city taxpayers now are being asked to fix.

Abramson says old Army Aviation Support Facility needs security system improvements, taxiway rehabilitation, concrete apron expansions and a new air conditioning system.

 

Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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