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Local News in Brief : Council Increases Airport Fee

The Torrance City Council voted unanimously this week to increase by about 20% the rental fee to tie down a plane at the municipal airport.

The increase, which was approved Tuesday night, will take effect May 1 and will raise the monthly rate from $65 to $80 for planes with a wing span of 30 to 40 feet, and from $104 to $125 for wing spans of 40 to 50 feet.

The recommendation came in January from David M. Griffith & Associates, a Sacramento-based consulting firm. The 304 tie-downs at the Torrance Airport bring the city about $196,000 in revenue each year, according to city officials. The new rates are expected to increase annual revenue by $50,000.

A staff report showed that the average tie-down rate charged at airports in Santa Monica, Long Beach, Van Nuys, El Monte, Hawthorne and Compton is $79 and $113, respectively, for the two types of aircraft. Van Nuys, owned by the City of Los Angeles, charges the most: $115 and $130, respectively.

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