Saturday, April 23, 2016

State budget battle has implications on Raleigh County Memorial Airport (KBKW), Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia

The lack of a state budget is leaving officials at Raleigh County Memorial Airport feeling uneasy.

"There are federal dollars available to every airport in the state," said Airport Manager Tom Cochran. "Those funds are contingent on there being a state budget."

Cochran said having a state budget means the airport would have the matching funds available to get monies the airport is entitled to from the Federal Aviation Administration.

There is approximately $18 million available for all state airports from the FAA; approximately $600,000 would be available for the Raleigh airport's upcoming improvement projects.

The funds would be used for airport improvement projects which would help the airport continue to meet FAA regulations and keeping the airport open, Cochran said.

"With no state budget we are compromising money coming to our state that we could use for projects that would bring jobs and revenue," Cochran said.

Cochran said it's money that the airport is entitled to, Sept. 30 is the deadline for the funds.

"If we don't get a budget, we could lose those funds," Cochran said.

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