Commissioners halt state funding agreement

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

April 8, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2013 at 11:08 p.m.

Victoria County Commissioners will wait until June 15 before picking up action on the airport's air traffic control tower.

The court was set to vote Monday on a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation but delayed that action when the federal government announced Friday it would continue funding the towers.

County Judge Don Pozzi said although the court was prepared to move forward with the state funding agreement and a bid with Cleared Direct to manage the tower, the issue is on hold.

Victoria Regional Airport's tower had operated since 2008 under a contract with the Federal Aviation Administration.

However, the FAA announced in March its plans to pull the plug on the contract tower program as part of the agency's required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration.

The move ultimately affected 13 airports in Texas and 149 nationally.

"There is no need to take any action," Pozzi said Monday. "We will put it back on the agenda if necessary" after the June 15 deadline.



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