Commissioner Julie Westendorff Testifies in Support of Airport Authority Bill

Posted on 03/21/2016

La Plata County Commissioner Julie Westendorff testified before the State of Colorado Senate Local Government Committee on Tuesday, March 29 in support of SB 16-168, which would enable counties to enter into airport agreements and authorities with jurisdictions in other states.   “This legislation would open the door for cooperation with our New Mexico neighbors for long-term sustainability of the Durango-La Plata County Airport,” remarked Commissioner Westendorff.   “A common theme we have heard from La Plata County residents is to make sure that users of the airport help to pay for the airport.  This legislation enables opportunities for that to occur.”  Commissioner Westendorff was joined and supported by Senator Ellen Roberts, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. 


The bill passed out of the Senate Local Government Committee by a 5 to 0 vote and was passed by the full Senate on April 1.  The bill will now move to the Colorado House of Representatives for consideration, where it is being sponsored by Representative  J. Paul Brown. 

Colorado Counties, Inc., the state association of counties, has identified SB 16-168 as one of its legislative priorities for 2016. 

For additional information, please contact the La Plata County Administration at
(970) 382-6210.