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Airport authority approves budget

The Williamsport Municipal Airport Authority approved a $1.4 million budget for this year and took care of other business during its recent monthly meeting.

The spending plan, covering the Williamsport Regional Airport’s operating costs, includes an overall 5% increase for wages and benefits of employees.

Airport executive director Richard Howell noted that health care expenses alone increased by 2.5%.

About $660,0000 in CARES Act funding is expected to make up a deficit in the budget.

Julie McManus, of World Travel International, a tenant of the airport, asked the board to consider reducing the business’s rent.

Less airport use from previous years is hurting the business, she told the board.

In the past, multiple flights were in and out of the airport, she noted.

With the pull-out of American Airlines in September, there are now no commercial flights.

The pandemic has further hurt business, according to McManus

“We lost 97% of our business in 2020,” she said. “Our business has suffered.”

Frank Pellegrino told McManus her request would be taken under advisement.

In other matters, the board reappointed Pellegrino as board president and agreed to retain Scott Williams as solicitor.

Howell reported that CARES funding amounted to $1.55 million in 2021.

That brings total CARES dollars for the airport to $3.61 million.

The board approved Baker Tilly US to do the 2022 audit.

An executive session was held following the meeting to consider real estate matters.

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