A Sept. 26 letter from the FAA indicates that Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport may have broken federal law by “subsidizing” People Express airlines — a start-up airline that began at the Newport News airport in 2014 and quickly collapsed. The letter says the airport may have allowed other public money to be “diverted,” and says its former executive director may have “improperly” used an airport credit card.
The state demands the airport pay back the $4.5 million.
The letter was prompted by a Virginia Department of Transportation audit that was released in June.
Perhaps a parallel can be drawn with the Virginia DOT subsidizing Bay Creek South, LLC (Keyser-Sinclair) by constructing the Bay Creek Connector Road with taxpayer money, when in fact the Connector Road was to be paid for by the Developer, according to the Annexation Agreement of November 25, 1991 (see below). The Schedule for Road Improvement, clearly indicates that the Developer is responsible for the construction, posting bonds, etc. Why have the U.S. and Virginia taxpayers assumed this obligation? The Annexation Agreements became specifically attached to the Court(s) Annexation Order, Virginia Law # 27.
Time for VDOT to be audited?
The state of Virginia receives millions of dollars each year from the Federal Highway Administration. It appears time for the Federal Government to get involved to find out just why taxpayers are being defrauded, and are bearing the cost of the Bay Creek Connector Road.
Note: Every member of the Northampton County Board of Supervisors is aware of this, as is the Cape Charles Town Council. The Mirror has also queried Lt. Governor Raplph Northam, as well as the State Attorney General.