Greenwood County Council debates airport funding
Council debates airport funding
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 7:21 PM
To fund or not to fund, that is the question.
Greenwood County Council faced a philosophical query Tuesday afternoon during its administration and finance meeting: Should the county fund capital improvements at the airport or should the airport be self-sufficient?
Much like Shakespeare, the debate was exhausting and long-winded.
Greenwood County Airport manager Rossie Corwon discussed capital improvements with County Council, informing the five council members - Bob Jennings and Patrick Moody were not in attendance - of a fast-approaching deadline to receive federal grants.
Corwon must submit a capital improvements project plan by Dec. 31 to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Corwon presented Council two new major projects that could be included - fencing in the airport to prevent animals from roaming on the airport grounds and repaving the runaway in disrepair.
Where Corwon's presentation hit a snag was funding. The two projects would receive about $3 million in federal grants, but the county must pony up about $150,000 to get that federal money.
"The (airport) improvement fund doesn't have enough to fund the airport projects," Corwon said.
The $150,000 price tag touched off a debate about the importance of the airport in the community.
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