Despite the cost-cutting measures, Yeager plans to spend about $8.9 million during the coming fiscal year, compared to $8.7 million this year.
In other developments, Yeager board members learned that the cost of employee health-care benefits is expected to increase 12.74 percent during the coming year, with about 1.6 percent of that increase going to cover anticipated costs called for in federal health-care reform legislation.
Despite the increase, the airport will pay less overall for the benefit than it did two years ago under a different carrier.
At the suggestion of board member Allen Tackett, the former West Virginia National Guard adjutant general, a report will be presented next month showing the amount of money Yeager saves by having the Air National Guard provide free, on-site fire protection services.
Tackett said the information could help bolster the 130th Airlift Wing's position, should it be targeted for closure under a U.S. Defense Department cost-cutting sweep.
"Loss of the Air National Guard here would have to have a major effect on landing fees," Tackett said. The report also would let Yeager officials know how much they would have to spend to make up for the loss of service, should the base be closed.
Tackett said he plans to meet with current Adjutant General James A. Hoyer and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to discuss funding possibilities for adding a new bridge across the Elk River and an access road through Coonskin Park to National Guard facilities adjacent to the Charleston airport.
The project would provide more-secure access to the military site and enhance prospects for the 130th Airlift Wing emerging unscathed from base-closure proceedings, Tackett said.
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