Paulding taxpayers foot bill for airport work |


Paulding taxpayers foot bill for airport work |

As Paulding County residents battle a plan to commercialize their county’s airport, county officials are going around the opposition — and dipping into tax dollars — to keep the project moving.

The county commission recently approved using the general fund to pay for a taxiway widening project expected to cost the county nearly $2 million. That was after a bond issue intended to finance the work was held up by a court challenge by opponents, leaving no way to pay for grading that had already started.

“I’ll vote to fix the mess you got out there,” said an exasperated Tommie Graham, a commissioner who has generally favored commercialization. “But my patience has run very thin.”

The move came about five months after county leaders and a private company went public with their plan to bring airline service to Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. Though they say the service would be limited, it could create a long-discussed “second airport” for the region.

Residents who oppose the Paulding plan have sought to block or slow work needed to make the airport usable by full-sized airliners. They also have criticized the county airport authority for hatching the plan without public input and refusing to take public comments at its meetings.

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