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Airport, golf course propose decreased budgets for 2009

February 27, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday heard budget presentations from Hagerstown Regional Airport and Black Rock Golf Course.

Both budgets would decrease under the proposals presented Tuesday.

The golf course's proposed budget for fiscal year 2009, which begins July 1, is $1.24 million, a $43,430 decrease from last fiscal year.

Golf course officials said most greens fees and cart rentals would increase $1 per round under their proposed budget.

Senior citizen rates, twilight rates and tournament fees would remain level, officials said.

The airport's fiscal year 2009 proposed budget of $2.7 million would be a $56,590 decrease from last fiscal year.

Airport Fire Chief Phil Ridenour said the airport expects to lose more than $50,000 in revenue because of the loss of commercial airline service at the airport.

In addition, airport officials are projecting a 7 percent decrease in fuel sales from last year's budget. Ridenour said fuel sales have dropped dramatically as recreational pilots have stopped flying due to the high price of fuel.

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Ridenour said the airport wants to raise monthly rent for T-hangars by 4.5 percent, excluding corporate hangars that have built-in rent escalators.

The county commissioners plan to review departmental operating budgets weekly before holding a public hearing on the fiscal year 2009 budget on May 13.

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