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Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island.

File photo courtesy of Central Nebraska Regional Airport

GRAND ISLAND — People parking at Central Nebraska Regional Airport here will soon have to start paying for parking.

The Hall County Airport Authority has approved a plan to start charging Tuesday. Airport Executive Director Mike Olson said Wednesday that the first 90 minutes of parking will be free. After that, the fee for parking in the west lot will be $3 a day and it will cost $5 a day to park in the east lot near the terminal.

Olson says a user fee — the paid parking — will help keep property taxes in check. Surveys have shown that 83 percent of the vehicles in the airport lots come from outside Hall County. He says paid parking could provide a new revenue source to offset higher operating expenses.

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