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Springfield Airport Authority to sue City of Springfield re: non-compliance with airport revenue diversion laws and regulations – –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On December 22, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, IL. (ECWd) –

During its December 21, 2021, Board of Commissioners meeting, the Springfield Airport Authority voted to commence with litigation against the City of Springfield for the city’s non-compliance with airport revenue diversion laws and regulations – mainly the sales tax on aircraft fuel sold at the airport.

We have been researching this issue for several months and have received several responses to our requests for public records from the city and will publish our findings prior to the end of this year.

NEWS RELEASE

Springfield Airport Authority Board of Commissioners Votes to Commence Litigation Against City of Springfield

Springfield, Illinois ……. A resolution to commence litigation against the City of Springfield was passed by the Springfield Airport Authority Board of Commissioners at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.  The complaint involves the City of Springfield’s non-compliance with airport revenue diversion laws and regulations. The measure passed with commissioners Shea, Delheimer, Barghouti-Hardwick and Vala voting in favor of the resolution, Commissioners Franke and Haley voting against and Commissioner Houston voting present. The Authority will bring on board special counsel to assist with the proceedings.

The Springfield Airport Authority Board of Commissioners is made up of seven members with the four appointments of Houston, Shea, Franke and Haley by the Mayor and the three appointments of Barghouti-Hardwick, Delheimer and Vala by the Sangamon County Board.

ABOUT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CAPITAL AIRPORT

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport was named the 2020 Primary Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation.  The airport is home to many major tenants that include the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Wing, IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics, Lincoln Land Community College’s LRS Aviation Maintenance Training Center, StandardAero, Illinois Army National Guard and Stellar Aviation. The airport’s main passenger terminal is also home to the Passenger Service Center and Sky Club, a membership-based club offering an unparalleled level of service for frequent travelers.  Commercial passenger air service offerings feature daily service to Dallas/Ft. Worth on American Airlines, to Chicago on United Airlines and to Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda and Phoenix/Mesa on Allegiant.  More information, including a complete listing of arrivals and departures, can be found online at www.FlySPI.com or by calling the Passenger Service Center at 217-788-9200.

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MEDIA CONTACT –

Mark E. Hanna, A.A.E., Executive Director

Springfield Airport Authority

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

1200 Capital Airport Drive

PH: 217-788-1060

SPI News_Airport Authority Votes to Commence Litigation Press Release 12-22-2021

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