Commissioners to meet in Harvey's aftermath

Victoria County Commissioners Court

County commissioners are planning to make a decision about the future of the Victoria Regional Airport and whether the county will make it pay back money.

Monday, County Judge Ben Zeller said he expects the court to end a loan with the airport, which means the airport wouldn't pay money back to fund county operations.

"The reason the loan program was set up was to give us the greatest flexibility with the money the airport generates," Zeller said.

In 2010, the county decided to record the money it gave the airport as a loan so it could choose between funding airport expenses and requiring the airport to pay the money back. Right now, the loan amount is about $1.9 million, Zeller said.

But one of the only ways the county could get its money back is if the airport sells land - a process that's strictly regulated by the federal government. At a meeting last week, commissioners questioned whether selling land and giving money back to the county would be allowed at all.

"The decision regarding the loan really doesn't change the situation at the airport," Zeller said. "It's more of an accounting and auditing issue than anything else."

Also Monday, commissioners will discuss the airport's master plan, which is a long, detailed document that outlines exactly what projects would be built at the airport. An expert hired to help create the plan will explain it.

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Marina writes about housing, Hurricane Harvey recovery and local politics for the Victoria Advocate. You can reach Marina by emailing or follow her on Twitter, @MarinaStarleaf.

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