But if the airport is going to continue to be "an economic engine," as Wales calls it, airport maintenance problems will have to be addressed. And paying for repairs and upgrades is expensive.
"Like most general aviation airports, money is tight," Wales said
Day-to-day operations of the airport are paid for with revenues generated at the airport, such as land leases and fuel fees. Dollars from the Federal Aviation Administration pay for the majority of big, capital projects. The city, however, still must come up with a 10 percent local match through grants or savings.