Jefferson City Airport Has Fewer Planes, Soaring Costs
Jefferson City and the Federal Aviation Administration pay for the airport's control tower. The FAA provides air traffic controllers, while the city pays for tower maintenance.
But, starting Feb. 1, the FAA asked for $6,000, a huge jump from the $600 the city pays to support the airport. Airport officials say the hike resulted from a drop in traffic plus fewer National Guard helicopters stored there.
The city council will vote Monday night whether to pay the higher costs.
"We're just wanting to make it the best possible general aviation airport we can to serve the state capital," explained airport manager Ron Craft. "This is the first impression some people have when they get to Missouri, so we want to welcome them with the best airport we possibly can."
Craft says the airport has budgeted for the increase and the additional amount is still lower than if the city paid all the funding.