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It's official...Yakima County is no longer in airport business

YAKIMA - The Yakima County commissioners yesterday (Tuesday) held a special meeting and a public hearing about its agreement with the city of Yakima for operating the Yakima Airport.

Commissioner Rand Elliott said there weren't any comments received during the public hearing.

Commissioner Mike Leita was absent, but Elliott and Commissioner Kevin Bouchey unanimously approved a resolution declaring the airport as surplus property. The duo also set aside the county's existing agreement with the city of Yakima and signed over the deed of trust for the property to the city.

Elliott said the county has agreed to fund half of the 2012 airport operating budget's losses, which won't be fully known until the end of March.

"It's estimated that will be between $20,000 and $25,000," said Elliott.

He said the airport has not recorded a revenue loss in its operating budget until this past year (2012).

"There will be no effect to the county budget moving forward," Elliott said.

The city of Yakima and the county entered into an agreement to jointly operate the Yakima Airport in 1982, but the city recently announced its interest in fully taking over operations.

The transition was effective immediately after each of the documents was signed.

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