Ohio Aircraft Repair Shops Hurt By Sales Tax
Aircraft repair businesses in Ohio are lobbying the state to repeal a sales tax on parts and labor they say is causing layoffs and threatening businesses. According to the Dayton Daily News, Ohio aircraft owners are traveling as far as New Hampshire to take advantage of tax-free repairs. "I don't want to chase jobs away," Mark Geisler, service center general manager at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport-based Winner Aviation, told the Daily News. "And this tax is chasing jobs away." The companies had hoped to get the state to repeal the tax under the budget just passed at the end of June, but legislators didn't want to lose the $12 million to $15 million the tax raises every year. The tax can add up to $40,000 on a major repair, and aircraft owners are finding sales tax havens in New Hampshire, New York and Michigan. "When you get on an airplane, you have the opportunity to go anywhere for repairs," said John Bosch, president and CEO of Commander Aero, which is based at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport.