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Airport panel OKs budgets

| Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, 12:14 a.m.

The Allegheny County Airport Authority on Thursday approved its annual operating and capital budgets, which include a plan to move car rental counters from baggage claim.

The authority approved a $162 million operating budget, a 2 percent increase over last year, and a $41.5 million capital budget.

Car rental counters will be relocated to a facility attached to the parking garage. Airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny said $200,000 has been set aside to design and plan the move. Money for that comes from a surcharge on rental cars, she said.

The authority is planning to construct a building on airport property that would house the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce. Randy Forister, senior director of development for the airport, said it could range from 6,000 to 7,000 square feet. “We have a budget, and we're trying to see what can be built for that budget,” Forister said.

The chamber got two government grants totaling $1.35 million that it will pay the authority during the next 10 years as lease payments, said Bernadette Puzzuole, interim CEO and president of the chamber.

Puzzuole said the chamber has outgrown its office on Beaver Grade Road in Moon and wants space to host events.

Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.He can be reached at 412-320-7886.

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