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Vote on airport terminal contract delayed

August 1, 2018

The Brownsville City Commission had been scheduled to vote Monday on awarding the contract for construction of a new terminal at Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport, though the item was pulled from the agenda to give the airport time to apply for more federal funds for the project.

Also pulled from the agenda was a vote on issuing $16.5 million in “Texas Tax Notes” to help finance the project. Airport Director Bryant Walker said the $16.5 million may not be necessary if the airport succeeds in getting additional money from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airport is applying for $20 million — the maximum possible award — out of $1 billion in supplemental Airport Improvement Program funds the FAA has been authorized to grant during the next three years, he said.

“It’s the same as their normal AIP awards,” Walker said. “The only difference is if you started the project already, you are not eligible for money for that project. If we award the bid, the project’s officially started. If we wait, then we’re eligible.”

He said the terminal project is “very competitive for additional funding” and that winning the grant would mean more of the burden of paying for it would be on the feds.

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

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