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City officials expecting lower rates to attract more plans to airport

During its meeting Monday, Washington’s City Council approved a revised lease agreement related to T-hangars at Washington-Warren Airport.

The council also discontinued the quantitative discount for people renting multiple hangars. The revised lease reflects the lower T-hangar rental rates for fiscal year 2018-2019, which begins July 1.

On Sept. 22, 2014, the council approved a quantitative discount for a person renting multiple T-hangars, with a 15-percent discount for renting a second hangar and a 25-percent discount for renting a third hangar. “The current tenants receiving this discount will still recognized a lower annual rental fee with the FY 18-19 lower T-hangar annual rental fees,” wrote Adam Waters, the city’s interim public-works director, in a memorandum to the mayor and council members.

During a budget work session earlier this year, the council unanimously voted to decrease rental fees for T-hangars at the airport in hopes of attracting more planes to the city-owned airport.

“As you recall during out budget sessions, we changed our rental rate for T-hangars. All this does is to adjust the current lease language to reflect that new rental rate. In the old lease, we had a discount rate for leasing of a second or third hangar. With the new rate, the new rate would be less than the old rate with a discount if you had multiple hangars. We just removed the discount for the second or third hangar,” Councilman Doug Mercer said.

The increase in revenue from hangar rentals likely would offset the revenue lost by decreasing the rental fees, city officials indicated. About three or four new tenants would provide the revenue needed to accomplish that, according to calculations by the city’s finance department.

Under the revised lease agreement, a person renting a T-hangar with electricity would pay $180 a month. A person renting a T-hangar with electricity would pay $195 a month. Renters would be billed quarterly.

 

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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