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Port candidates consider airport noise compensation

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Port candidates consider airport noise compensation

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -The Bellingham Port Commission says it may look into ways to lessen the impacts of noise on residents near the Bellingham International Airport.

Commissioner Mike McAuley says all of the Port Commission candidates have said they are willing to compensate for any measurable loss in property values caused by jet noise.

But he says at this time, there’s no real evidence that the airport is causing property values to go down.

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McAuley says the Port should have a program to look at individual properties and see what action should be taken to mitigate for noise, which could include installing homes with sound-proofing materials.

During a public forum at Shuksan Middle School last Tuesday, many people who live near the airport told the Port Commission candidates that they’re unhappy about jet noise and the impact it has on their property values.