Getting a share of sales-tax revenue from Raleigh-Durham International Airport seems to be an idea gaining traction among the Durham County commissioners.
Commissioner Ellen Reckhow suggested asking county staff to find whether and how revenue from other shared airports, such as Dallas-Fort Worth and Minneapolis-St. Paul, is shared among jurisdictions they serve.
Currently, sales taxes from the airport go only to Wake County. The airport lies entirely in Wake County, but Durham County contributes to its funding.
The issue came up for brief discussion during the commissioners' meeting Monday, after commissioners Becky Heron and Joe Bowser raised it at a work session last week.
Getting Durham a share of the airport's sales tax might take an act of the legislature, Heron said, but it's an idea worth pursuing.
"We do play a major role in that airport," she said. "They need to understand that."