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Fuel tax to help fund DIA snow removal

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” About $7 million from state aviation fuel taxes will be used to help pay for Denver International Airport’s snow removal plan this winter under a new three-year agreement between airlines and the city of Denver, which owns the airport.

The airlines agreed to allow the city to divert the revenue instead of being assessed higher fees, DIA spokesman Chuck Cannon said Tuesday. That will allow the airlines to cut costs and still pay the full amount owed in aviation fuel taxes.

Airports collect fuel taxes from airlines on behalf of the state, with about 65 percent of the total returned to the facilities.

DIA plans to spend about $31 million under the snow management plan, which includes some new equipment. Last December, the airport was closed for nearly two days after it was hit by back-to-back blizzards.

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