No additional county funds for United Airlines effort

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In this April 23 photo, a United Airlines jet departs in view of the air traffic control tower at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – If expanded airline service comes to the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, it won’t come at further expense to taxpayers in Mahoning County.

The Mahoning County Board of Commissioners said there will not be additional funds coming from the county to support the airport initiative to lure United Airlines.

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The county already provided more than $1 million last year in county bed tax to the Western Reserve Port Authority to operate the facility.

“Even though we support all those efforts, and we will help try to raise money from private entities, from other governments and from other opportunities, but as a county we’ve already given our fair share,” said Commissioner Dave Ditzler.

The group known as Youngstown Air Partners is working to put together a nearly $2 million package of grants and other incentives that would help guarantee profitability for the airline in its first months of operation here.

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