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Quincy Finance Committee tables fuel flowage fee

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A Quincy alderman says the city is jumping the gun as it looks to reinstate a fee to help pay for jet services.

If SkyWest is chosen for the Quincy Essential Air Service contract, as city officials recommended, it'll cost at least an extra $144,000. The Aeronautics Committee is considering reinstating a fuel flowage fee, or a tax for fuel purchases, at the Quincy Regional Airport. They sent the request to the finance committee to gain support.

Finance chairman Mike Farha felt it wasn't necessary yet because the city doesn't know if SkyWest is for sure coming and the fee could hurt fuel sales. Mayor Kyle Moore feels it's important to collect the fee now to prepare for the Department of Transportation's choice.

"Every dollar helps and I remind you, every dollar the airport generates out of fees is less dollars they have to rely on their general fund," Moore said. 

"When you add a fee or a tax, it always, just like Motor Fuel Tax, is added to the final price of the product," Farha said.

The committee tabled the measure for three weeks, when it will then be discussed again. 

Members also looked at cuts the city will see from the state budget. Officials say they're waiting to see if the state will make up two late payments to the city. If it does, Quincy would only see a $134,000 hit to this year's budget. If not, the impact is around $600,000.

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