A resolution to double the fuel fees at the East Hampton Airport was tabled by a unanimous vote of the East Hampton Town Board on Thursday, June 5.
Cindy Herbst, of Sound Aircraft Services read a statement about the fee being raised from 15 cents to 30 cents a gallon. She said that her company had had no time to prepare for the increase, and that she thought a 5-cent increase with six months notice was more appropriate. Margaret Turner, the chairwoman of the East Hampton Business Alliance, aired similar concerns on behalf of other businesses.
Supervisor Larry Cantwell said that he was “sensitive to the amount of the increase in one year and the need for reasonable notice.” Councilman Peter Van Scoyoc recommended that the board table this issue and come back to review it after further discussions.
The fee hike had been recommended by a subcommittee of the town’s budget and finance committee as a way to help wean the airport from the need for Federal Aviation Administration grant money.