December 19, 2013, WSDOT News Release
Good news for Washington airports: the Governor’s proposed 2014 Supplemental Transportation Appropriation Bill includes an extra $565,000 in fiscal year 2015 for the state’s Airport Aid Grant Program.
The proposed increase comes after a previous legislative session approved an additional $1.5 million in airport funding for the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Airport Aid Grant Program. Combined with the approved $1.5 million, the proposed $565,000 increase would double the amount of state funding available for public-use airports to about $4 million for the next two years.
WSDOT airport grants provide funding for improvement and preservation projects at the state’s 134 public airports. Additional funding for the Airport Aid Grant Program would come from WSDOT’s aeronautics account, which is funded through a fee on aviation fuel and a portion of state aircraft registration fees and excise taxes.
News of the proposed funding increase comes as WSDOT Aviation is in the midst of conducting an Airport Investment Study. The study examines current and forecasted state funding for airports, as well as anticipated airport needs for the next 20 years. Preliminary findings and research indicate a substantial difference between funding levels and statewide aviation infrastructure needs.