News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 17, 2014

Personnel changes under way at TH airport

The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A new bookkeeper has been hired at the Terre Haute International Airport amid other personnel changes.

The airport authority learned Tuesday morning during its monthly session that Karen Burger will start July 7 as bookkeeper. That position came open in March after airport officials noted some abnormalities recorded in the airport finances.

 Indiana State Police and the Indiana State Board of Accounts were contacted and continue to investigate the “abnormalities.”

In the meantime, the airport board advertised and interviewed several candidates for the bookkeeper vacancy.

Airport executive director Bill Foraker also told the board that some job descriptions are being updated and some job titles are changing at the facility. Three maintenance positions will have the titles of operations manager, operations foreman and operations technician as the beginning of “cultural change” in how to prioritize work to be done at the facility, he said.

Similar changes of titles are expected in the public safety office, he said, though most of the job duties will remain the same.

Meanwhile, attorney Scott Craig noted that the airport’s economic development district has not fallen under scrutiny as have similar Tax Increment Financing, or TIF districts, within Vigo County.

While the airport does have a system of capturing new tax dollars for investment in upgrades to the airport infrastructure, those funds have been used as designated and there is not an excess of funds that can be distributed to other taxing agencies, Craig said.

The city of Terre Haute has come under scrutiny in recent weeks concerning its borrowing from TIF funds to pay other unrelated city expenses.

The next meeting of the airport board is set for July 9.