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Vidalia Inviting GSP Aviation to Relocate
Thursday, 10 September 2009

September 10--  The city of Vidalia would like for the Georgia State Patrol to relocate its aviation division from Reidsville to Vidalia Regional Airport.  At its September meeting Thursday, the city council voted to build a building at the airport if the GSP would agree to the move.  However, council members say they recognize the decision is "highly political."  Reidsville is the home of longtime State Senator Jack Hill.

Officials say aviation fuel revenues at the airport are lagging this year.  As a result, they are looking for ways to increase revenue including having hangar tenants pay their own electrical bills and pay more rent starting in January. 

At the same time, the city is proceeding with design of an additional hangar building to accomodate a dozen more planes.  There's a waiting list of new tenants, officials say.

Vidalia Finance Director Bill Bedingfield says sales tax collections are still down, but he's noticed an upward trend in collections the last two months.  Revenue collections for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax are down nearly ten percent so far this year.

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