County looks at options to cover airport grant match

Commissioners want to cover nearly $1 million in matching funds for a $3 million grant without dipping into local taxpayer dollars. They're trying to see if ARPA funds from the federal relief program will cover it all, but it will at least cover a majority.

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April 19, 2022 - 3:24 PM

Thrive Allen County CEO Lisse Regehr and Economic Development Director Jonathon Goering talk to commissioners about the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

Federal relief money should cover most of the county’s portion of a multi-million airport infrastructure project.

Allen County commissioners and Thrive Allen County representatives dug into the requirements of a $3 million Building a Stronger Economy (BASE) grant awarded last week by the Kansas Department of Commerce for airport infrastructure improvements. 

The county’s portion of the grant was tabbed at $968,965. The county is obligated to pay 25% in matching funds for the total project, which is $4 million.

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