“We have surrounding state’s that border Kentucky that have a more attractive aviation incentive program such as lower taxes, lower fuel taxes, things like that, and we want to bring the state of Kentucky into light and competitive, if you will, with surrounding states,” said Barnett. The head of the Kentucky Aviation Association thinks the Commonwealth’s 60th public airport should be near Sparta. By building another airport in northern Kentucky, Barnett says they can help the Kentucky Speedway and NASCAR. He says NASCAR officials tell him track crowds are growing. “They’re telling me yes we are seeing an improvement. We’re seeing a lot more people in the stands so, I really think that airport in the northern sector is probably primarily and priority, I should say for the state of Kentucky,” added Barnett. Barnett says the aviation industry is already building an agenda for next January’s regular legislative session.
Despite Narrow Agenda, Special Session Attracts Special Interests
By Stu Johnson & WEKU News • Aug 19, 2013