PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The state Aeronautics Commission has given the green light to projects at more South Dakota airports. The Federal Aviation Administration will provide 100% funding.
The communities are:
Hot Springs $970,000
The FAA is paying the full amounts as part of the federal COVID-19 relief.
The commission uses the money for various purposes including during normal times a 3.5% state share for FAA projects. The commission last year reduced the match rate from 5% because funding had grown tight.
The $4 million infusion should be sufficient for the next three years, state Transportation Secretary Joel Jundt told the commission members at their meeting Thursday..
Jundt said the state Transportation Department purposely didn’t bring any projects forward in the past year that required state funding.
Vice chair Bob Huggins of Sioux Falls wants the panel to discuss revenue sources and assemble a plan.
“You can always change a plan,” Huggins said.
Unlike the protection of state motor fuel taxes and registration fees for highway and bridge funding, the South Dakota Constitution doesn’t prevent the Legislature from tapping the aeronautics fund, according to Jundt.
“They’ve had that for quite some time,” he said.