TO CREATE THE GREATER ASHEVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY.
Establishes the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority (authority), consisting of seven members who must meet specified qualifications. Provides for events that disqualify an individual from serving on the Authority, membership terms, membership suspension, membership voting, authority meetings, and membership compensation. Establishes the authority’s 18 duties, including purchasing, acquiring, establishing, constructing, owning, controlling, leasing, equipping, improving, maintaining, operating and regulating airports or landing fields for use by airplanes and other aircraft and all facilities incidental to their operation, within the limits of Buncombe and Henderson counties. Authorizes the authority to acquire any real or personal property from Buncombe and Henderson counties or the city of Asheville, which may be necessary for the construction, operation, and maintenance of any airport or facilities located in Buncombe or Henderson counties. Requires Asheville and Buncombe and Henderson counties to transfer the Asheville Regional Airport to the authority within 90 days after enactment of the act, unless approval of a federal agency is required, then the time period is extended to within 90 days of the agency’s approval. Provides for the acquisition of private property. Prohibits the authority from levying any taxes. Requires the authority to make an annual report to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, the Asheville City Council, and the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. Provides for entering into contracts, leases, conveyances, and other agreements. Requires the authority’s powers to be construed liberally in favor of the authority and include a severability clause.
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