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Paulding residents sue over proposed airport construction

2:35 PM, Dec 30, 2013   |    comments
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DALLAS, Ga. -- Six Paulding County residents have filed a lawsuit against the county's industrial building and airport authorities.

The suit, which was filed Monday, claims the Paulding County Industrial Building Authority "improperly exceeded its legal authority in a series of activities involving the construction, operation and leasing of a terminal building at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport," according to a letter from Nations, Toman & McKnight, the law firm representing the plaintiffs.

The suit also alleges the building authority made a $1 million interest-free loan to the airport authority to build new taxiways.

"This is the latest effort by the taxpayers of Paulding County to require the airport authority to follow the law and be transparent and accountable to the taxpayers in their plan to transform the Paulding County airport into Atlanta's second commercial airport," attorney Charles McKnight said in a statement.

McKnight said the lawsuit requests the court stop the industrial building authority's activities, and declares its leases and loans to the airport authority null and void.

Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport has been pegged as a possible second commercial airport for metro Atlanta. Several officials, including Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson, have publicly opposed the deal.

Read more about Paulding County's airport:
* Paulding residents angry about possible second airport
* Atlanta's second commercial airport not a done deal

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