John Wayne Airport Okays Expansion, Rejects Car Rental Tax

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The Orange County Board of Supervisors refused to charge a $10 per rental-car contract fee to help pay for the $512 million expansion and refurbishment of John Wayne Airport. Instead, it approved a plan that would charge each departing air passenger a $4.50 fee, according to a report in the Orange County Register.

The rental fee was reportedly rejected because the board of supervisors felt it would deter tourists and “leave a bad taste” if they charged $10 to rent a car at the county-owned airport.

The expansion hopes to make traveling more comfortable by adding six gates and 300,000 square feet to the airport. The departing-passenger fee is expected to be terminated in 15 years.

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