Jeffersonville mayor vetoes planned funding to Clark Regional Airport
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore announced Tuesday he vetoed an agreement that would have committed $400,000 to fund the expansion of the Clark Regional Airport.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- An estimated 19,000 cars and trucks travel Holmans Lane in Jeffersonville every day.
So Mayor Mike Moore says when the state awarded the city nearly $4.6 million for infrastructure improvements, he expected that money to go toward a widening project.
"Every dollar of that $4.6 million is needed to make Holman's Lane project a reality," he said.
But the Jeffersonville city council had a different take.
Last week, council members pledged $400,000 of the money to expanding Clark Regional Airport.
Of the nine council members, five voted in favor of it, three voted against, and one member wasn't at the meeting.
Moore announced Tuesday he's putting a stop to it.
"My veto has absolutely nothing to do with the airport," he said. "My veto is because these dollars need to be committed and used in Jeffersonville."
While some council members agree, it's not sitting well with others.
"You expand the airport, you get bigger planes, you get more activity here, you can track new businesses to River Ridge (and) to the port," said council member Ed Zastawny. "So long-term, it's gonna be great for the region."
Zastawny says a federal grant offered $10 million for the airport's expansion in exchange for $750,000 from Clark County and its towns. More than half of that was coming from Jeffersonville.
"The biggest beneficiary to the airport is Jeffersonville, so we don't just keep $400,000 in Jeffersonville," Zastawny said. "We're gonna expand it into $10-million for the airport that benefits the whole region."
Zastawny says this isn't an issue of whether to widen Holmans Lane or expand the airport, because both can still be done.
Mayor Moore says otherwise.
It would take six of nine council members to override the veto.
The council will vote at a meeting next Monday.
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