Shaheen: Unused funds to move F-15 will be returned to donors

chwright@macon.comJuly 3, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Money donated to place an F-15 near the Warner Robins and Centerville exit of Interstate 75 will be returned to the donors if it isn’t used, Mayor Chuck Shaheen stated in an email.

Shaheen originally told The Telegraph the $7,500 would be moved to the city’s general fund. But in an email Tuesday he wrote, “that is not our standard operating procedure, and we have never kept money donated that was not used for the purpose intended.”

The money may not be needed if the city goes forward with relocating a T-33 from the Recreation Department to the interstate, which Shaheen said a Robins Air Force Base official says would be cheaper, quicker and easier. But Councilmen Mike Daley and Mike Brashear said the trainer plane isn’t representative of the work done at Robins and argue that moving the T-33 would cost just as much as docking the F-15.

To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.

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