Commissioners tour Ashe County Airport

Hannah Myers | Jefferson Post Thirty-two air crafts are currently based at the Ashe County Airport.

Hannah Myers | Jefferson Post Commissioners toured the Ashe County Airport which is managed by the county.

JEFFERSON —The Ashe County Board of Commissioners recently met at the Ashe County Airport for a luncheon and tour on Monday, June 15.

During the meeting, commissioners were updated on airport revenue, current construction projects, and the major economic impact the airport has on Ashe County.

Ashe County Airport is a county-owned, public use airport. It came under Ashe County control in July of 2009 and was previoulsy owned and managed by Marvin Stump.

The airport sits at an elevation of 3,178 feet which the highest of any airport in North Carolina. The airport currently houses 32 aircrafts and 17 aircraft hangars, which are buildings used to store aircrafts.

Two of the hangars are operated by the county and are rented for $65 per month.

The remaining hangars are leased to individuals for private use with leases ranging from $1-$1,800 per year.

The total revenue generated from the airport to the county is estimated to be $64,650 including $25,000 in fuel sales, $21,450 in hangar leases, $7,000 in county hangar rent, $1,200 in long term car parking, and $10,000 in personal property tax.

As of June 2015, the estimated construction costs of the airport amounted to around $13 million with a county match of 10 percent which is equal to $1.3 million.

The airport also has several long term projects currently in progress including: a new fuel farm, new electric gates and chain link fencing, re-paving of the entire runway, taxiway and ramp construction to allow for heavier aircraft movements, expansion, parallel taxiway construction, and obtaining county water supply access.

For more information about Ashe County Airport, call 336-982-5143.

Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.

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