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Six sue building authority for airport actions
by Staff Reports
December 30, 2013 03:32 PM | 2242 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Six Paulding County residents filed suit against the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority and Paulding County Airport Authority today, alleging the building authority went beyond its legal bounds in actions related to the county airport, including approving a $1 million loan for widening its taxiway.

The suit alleges it illegally engaged in a series of activities involving the construction, operation and lease of a terminal building at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta airport, including the one-year, no-interest loan to the Airport Authority.

The improvements are intended to be used to transform the airport from a small general aviation facility into a second full-service passenger airport serving metropolitan Atlanta, a release from attorney Charles McKnight states.

“This is the latest effort by the taxpayers of Paulding County to require the Airport Authority to follow the law and be transparent and accountable to the taxpayers in their plan to transform the Paulding County airport into Atlanta’s second commercial airport,” said McKnight, attorney for the six residents.

“The Industrial Building Authority is simply not authorized to engage in activities involving airport facilities and similar projects.”

The suit, filed in Paulding County Superior Court, asks that the court halt the Industrial Building Authority’s activities related to the airport and declare its leases involving the airport and loans to the Airport Authority null and void.

The airport authority is named because it would receive the improper loan proceeds and other benefits from the building authority's imporper activities, McKnight said.

Residents who filed the lawsuit included Anthony Avery, Bob Board, Mary Board, Janice Louie, Jordan Louie and Sue Wilkins.

Avery and Wilkins began a series of legal challenges to the airport authority in October after filing a legal objection to a county-backed bond issue for a taxiway widening.

They objected to plans made public by a developer who said he was seeking an airline to provide up to two passenger flights a day from the Paulding airport.

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