The nation’s 252 contract control towers, including the towers in Bethalto, Bloomington and Decatur, appear to be safe after being included in the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act.  That’s the news the Airport Manager at St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto was hoping to hear, as the tower in Bethalto is a contract control tower, and has been for years.

David Miller compares his airport to the one in Cahokia, which is similar in the services it provides.  He says Bethalto’s tower has an approximate half-million dollar yearly budget.

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Miller is encouraged that the bill will soon become law, as it has had support from both sides of the political aisle, as well as in the House and Senate.

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