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WARREN, Ohio - While Warren City Council officially shows its support of efforts to bring United Airlines service to the valley, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport's director explains a "fair share" formula that communities can use as a guide in pledging funds to the project.

United faces an estimated $500,000.00 shortfall if it decides to start a service in the Mahoning Valley.
Airlines typically lose money within the first year that they start a service in an area.

Warren City Council passed a resolution supporting the efforts of the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in bringing United Airlines daily service flights to the Mahoning Valley,  pledged up to 30-thousand dollars to the effort. Councilwoman Helen Rucker drafted the piece.

"I wanted the other cities to recognize that if we get this air service that they're going to join in this investment, too. And for our businesses and citizens, it's a wonderful, safe place to travel in and out of.", said Rucker.

Prior to the vote, some members still had questions during the caucus session. One of them being about a "fair share" contribution formula that was requested last week, at a Youngstown City Council meeting.

Airport Director Dan Dickten, took the populations from each community in the four county service area and divided them by the total population of 684-thousand and got a percentage for each town.

"As I recall, the percentage for warren was six percent. That times the $500,000 shortfall gives you the proposed fair share. which here was $30,000.", said Dickten.

If the City of Youngstown were to use Dickten's numbers as a guide, ITS "fair share" would be $48,000.00. Smaller communities would be factored into their COUNTY'S contribution, which total out to somewhere between $60,000 and 65,000.
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