The Barrow County Board of Commissioners has asked county financial auditor Marilyn Golightly to audit long time airport tenant Romanair for possible underpayment of fees to the authority. Romanair is the fixed base operator at the airport and handles fuel sales.
The move brings the BOC into an ongoing dispute between Romanair and airport authority chairman Frank Nocera. The request for the audit came from authority attorney John Stell.
“I just pay them what they bill me,” said Romanair owner and operator Rob Mancini. “One of the things my original lease, the consent order lease (from 1995) stated was that I would pay a fee annually, in addition to rent, that was based on this screwy formula that had to do with my gross income after my fuel sales...The airport authority calculates that and gives me a bill and I pay it... It’s not me doing the calculations; it’s the authority. If the calculations are wrong, they were done by the authority, not me.”