Burlington, VT Council Postpones F-35 Debate | WAMC

Burlington, VT Council Postpones F-35 Debate

Oct 3, 2013

Burlington City Hall
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The head of the city council in the Vermont city of Burlington says the council will not discuss the F-35 fighter jet at its upcoming meeting because of a lack of the proper insurance.

A public forum on the issue planned for Monday also has been postponed.

A recent Air Force report says the Burlington International Airport remains its top choice as the location to base up to 24 F-35 fighter planes with a National Guard unit.

The city's attorney says the city does not have public official's liability insurance for the airport that it routinely carries for other city business. She says the city is working to secure the insurance but without it taxpayers are exposed to a financial risk.

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