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County to cast vote on airport audit
The Glynn County Commission is to vote Thursday on whether to have an outside auditor examine the financial reports of the Glynn County Airport Commission.

Commissioners are to decide whether to hire the Savannah accounting firm of Karp, Ronning & Tindol for $55,000 to review the airport commission's financial reports for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, which ended June 30.

Commission Chairwoman Mary Hunt requested a vote on the proposal after discussing the airport commission with other commissioners and the public.

"There were questions that were brought up that we weren't comfortable answering," Hunt said. "That, coupled with the departure of the executive director and the makeup of the commission, we thought it was prudent to start afresh with the same information."

Among the items to be reviewed would be the airport commission's financial policies and whether they were followed, its expenses and revenues, and the board's capital assets.

Hunt said a new executive director, Robert Burr, former director of operations at Tampa International Airport, will take over airport operations Oct. 1. Interim director Steve Brian, who had resigned as director in March, is to leave his position Nov. 1.

Brian and the airport commission have been at the heart of controversy with managers of some businesses that lease space at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport and McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport.

Hunt said she hopes an audit will quell questions about the airport commission's work.

"I think this would completely put any questions from the public and any discussions that we've been having kind of to bed," Hunt said.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the historic Glynn County Courthouse, 701 G St., Brunswick.

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