SCOTTSBORO, Ala. - It costs a lot of money to keep traffic coming into a small airport. Much of that bill is supported by the Federal Aviation Administration. Over the past eight years, Scottsboro received around 1 million dollars for airport maintenance.
"We've used it to purchase property adjacent the airport for safety reasons, to do upgrades on our fuel system, to work on our apron and our runways, and taxi ways," says Mayor Melton Potter.
Mayor Potter says the airport is a huge tool for economic development because of the companies that utilize it.
"We have corporate planes and jets coming in that's very important. We have two or three industries that utilize it again for economic development and also for future economic development for when folks come in and want to locate to Scottsboro and the Jackson County," says Mayor Potter.
The Scottsboro airport is also used for recreational purposes. "There's a local population who own planes and store them in hangers."
This federal funding is vital for the life of the Scottsboro airport and the future endeavors it could be used for. "We're continually looking to upgrade and adding additional hangers," says the mayor. "We already have a waiting list for hangers, so it's just an ongoing continually... if you're not keeping up you're falling behind."
90% of the funding for the airport is provided by the F.A.A.