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Perry: Texas should fund Tyler airport tower cut by feds

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Gov. Rick Perry wants the Texas Department of Transportation to step in with funding for the air traffic control tower at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. Tyler and 12 other small airports are set to go unstaffed due to federal budget cuts.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Perry on Wednesday sent a letter asking the Texas Transportation Commission to provide 90 days of emergency assistance to keep the control towers open.

The Federal Aviation Administration last week released a list of 149 cuts nationwide as it seeks to cut $637 million from its budget for the fiscal year that ends in September.

State officials estimate the towers would cost $7 million a year to keep open.

Perry calls the towers part of a "vital safety network."

The City of Tyler is appealing the FAA decision. If that effort is unsuccessful, city officials said they will evaluate other funding options, including local support.

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