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News Article - September 16, 2009

COURT REJECTS PA. TOWN'S ATTEMPTS TO TAX PLANES LANDING AT PHL  
  PHILADELPHIA (AP) A federal appeals court has struck down a proposed landing tax on planes arriving at Philadelphia International Airport. The ruling rejects a 2007 Tinicum Township ordinance that could have proved costly for airlines. Three of the airport's four runways extend into township land that borders Philadelphia. Taxing agreements in place for five decades led the city to give up to $1.1 million a year to Tinicum, Interboro School District and Delaware County. But the parties failed to renew the agreement, prompting Tinicum to adopt the tax. The ruling Monday upholds a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation. A lawyer for the township says the funds are needed to handle police and fire calls at the airport. The township may appeal to the full 3rd Circuit.

Source - USA Today



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