By Andrew Edwards, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 06/27/2012 02:55:58 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The San Bernardino International Airport Authority’s board approved a new budget that while outlining about $7 million in general expenses, does not assume any revenue from passenger airline service.

Board members adopted the budget unanimously on Wednesday.

Airport officials have worked to convert the former Norton Air Force Base to a civilian airport for nearly two decades. Passenger carriers have yet to use the facility, which has been used for charter jets, test flights and firefighting aircraft.

But with no passenger carriers likely to begin passenger service in the immediate future, airport administrators must concentrate on their roles as property managers while seeking to attract an airline.

“We did a lot to tighten down all expenses,” interim San Bernardino International Airport executive director A.J. Wilson said. “The fiscal health of the airport really depends on our ability to collect lease payments.”

Wilson also emphasized a need to quickly resolve bankruptcy cases involving airport tenants Norton Property Management Services and SBD Airport Services.

As in past year’s, SBIA’s general fund relies upon a $5.5 million cash infusion from its sister agency, the Inland Valley Development Agency.

The airport’s separate $1.6 million property management budget anticipates more than $2 million from SBIA tenants including Stater Bros. Markets and Mercy Air. The airport’s $18.4-million capital budget allocates $9.6 million in funds to be delivered by other governments to relocate the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s aviation division from Rialto to SBIA.

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