Tuesday, May 25, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A pair of airport business-men urged commissioners Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to privatize the Gwinnett County Airport.
Jimmy Norton, the former chairman of the airport authority, said the proposal to schedule commercial flights creates a huge economic benefit to residents.
He owns Air Harbor, and said he has invested millions into his lease space and paid fuel fees, ground lease payments and ad valorem taxes, as has Steve Limelin, the owner of Georgia Jet, who took the podium after Norton.
Limelin said the proposal from Propeller Investments could inject $100 million to improve the airport.
"The best part of all of this is it's going to be private dollars. It's not going to be government stimulus," he said.
Officials submitted a preapplication to the Federal Aviation Administration last week, seeking one of five slots for a pilot program that would allow privatization without subjecting the county to returning millions in grants to the FAA.
If the preapplication is approved, officials will begin a study process, including public comment.