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GOP council members urge Tillis to block airport transfer

The Charlotte City Council’s two Republican members have asked N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis to stop a transfer of Charlotte Douglas International Airport to an authority.

Their logic: That if Tillis won’t step in to stop a recently approved 7.25 percent property tax increase, then the speaker should also not let the state intervene in the airport.

Council members Warren Cooksey and Andy Dulin asked Tillis and the Republican legislative caucus to “reverse the tax increase passed by the Democratic majority.”

“We suspect that you will leave the tax increase unchanged as adopted by the City Council. After all, the General Assembly created 100 counties and well over 500 cities and towns to handle local government...,” the council members wrote in a letter.

“Should you decide not to intervene and eliminate the tax increase, then we ask that you also not intervene regarding the governance of Charlotte Douglas International Airport.”

The N.C. Senate has passed a bill to transfer the airport to an authority. The N.C. House is considering a similar bill.

The City Council and Mayor Anthony Foxx vigorously oppose the bills.

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