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Airport's days are numbered
by Jeff Trently/The TimesSaturday November 17, 2007, 6:27 PM
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP -- The Twin Pine Airport here is being sold, bit by bit, to four municipalities.
The airport is the site of a mega-deal among Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Hopewell Borough and Pennington. The four towns came together last year to apply for $2 million in grants from Mercer County to tear down the airport's little red hangar and turn the airstrip -- one of the oldest in the nation -- into athletic fields.
The towns plan to buy one acre of the tract before year's end and the remaining 50 acres after Jan. 1.
William Weasner, who has owned the airport since 1956, is sad to see it happen, but he said he can't afford to pay the taxes.
Twin Pine Airport was valued at $500,000 in 2005, before the county ordered townshipwide property tax revaluations. After the revaluations, the land was assessed at close to $2 million. The revaluations pushed the Weasners' taxes up nearly 220 percent in one year -- from $17,000 to more than $36,000.
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