Last year, the airport was 150 enplanements short of the 10,000 goal, according to their own unofficial count. However, in the last week Hill received updated numbers. “We actually finished 2017 at 10,032 enplanements. That means come Oct. 1, we will be given a million dollars instead of $150,000.”
The 2018 year should be even stronger, Hill said, with more enplanements now that the new airport is open.
There is, however, a downside associated with surpassing the 10,000 enplanement mark, Hill said. “With our projects right now, we’re an economically distressed area. The FAA funds 95 percent of a project. The local match is 2.5 percent and the state puts in 2.5 percent. The State of Utah does not match primary airports,” Hill said, meaning that the airport will be expected to put up more of its own money for projects.