Lansing, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Airports in rural areas of the state would receive funding for repair and maintenance costs under legislation approved in the state Senate.
The legislation would better manage the way aviation fuel taxes are collected and appropriated in the state.
One of the sponsors, Senator Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City, says the legislation ensures airports, including those in the U.P. and Northern Lower Michigan, receive funding for routine maintenance and repairs.
Under the measure, existing sales and use taxes on aviation fuel would go to a new aeronautics fund.
Funds would go to the state’s airports via a formula based on volume of air traffic and resources used.
The legislation now heads to the State House.