The Wood River Economic Partnership, a pro-business nonprofit, has publicly endorsed a proposed new tax designed to pay airlines for increased air service to the Sun Valley region.
This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that WREP pushed the initiative at a July 25 meeting detailing a proposed 1 precent increase to local-option taxes in Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.
"Forty-four percent of jobs in Blaine County are related to the airport and air service," said Friedman Memorial Airport Director Rick Baird, according to the Mountain Express. "According to Sustain Blaine, we're more dependent on air service today than when the recession began."
Airport managers said they are currently eyeing direct flights from San Francisco into Friedman as soon as next summer, if the tax hike is approved by voters.
Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley city officials are currently in the process of considering whether to put the proposed new tax on ballots for voters to consider in the November election.