By STEVEN T. DENNIS
Washington County Regional Airport officials are considering instituting paid parking to generate more money.
The airport could generate tens of thousands of dollars a year in net proceeds by charging passengers $4 a day to park automobiles, said Chris Howley, a vice president of Republic Parking System in Tennessee.
About 36,000 passengers flew out of the airport last year.
Howley told Washington County Commissioners Tuesday his company would like to implement and operate paid parking toll booths.
Howley submitted a schedule of suggested parking rates. The first 15 minutes would be free. The first hour would cost 75 cents and each additional hour 50 cents with a $4 daily maximum and a $20 weekly maximum.
Howley suggested that the lot be manned by a cashier 19 hours a day, and said the project would involve about $64,000 in capital costs.