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Airports across the Houston region are trying to come up with ways to keep their air traffic control towers open in the face of budget cuts.

Montgomery County Commissioners and the Conroe Industrial Development Corporation have agreed to split the cost of air traffic controller’s salaries to bridge the gap.  In Sugar Land, the airport’s Doug Adolph believes some tough decisions still have to be made about the 660-thousand dollars needed to keep its tower open.

“We’ll balance our budget, we’ll make the cuts, and we’ll make sure that tower continues to operate to ensure not just safety, but the vitality of the regional economy,” says Adolph.

Sequestration will force the closure of towers at 189 regional airports on April 7, 2013 unless congress reverses the cuts. 13 of those towers are in Texas.

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