JOPLIN, MO.--- The Joplin Regional Airport Tower will receive federal money longer than expected. Joplin Regional Airport Manager Steve Stockam says they received confirmation yesterday that the Joplin tower will be federally funded through January 15th. Funding for the tower was set to run out at the end of October. 92% of the tower is funded by the federal government, and Joplin pays about 8%. That comes out to a little over $2,500 a month for the city.
"Even though Joplin is a smaller, commercial facility in this vast system. It has a trickle effect when you start looking at safety and operational procedures of aircraft throughout the system. So, you start cutting off and shutting down portions of the system, it's going to effect everybody," said Steve Stockam, Joplin Regional Airport Manager.
Stockam says they will continue to pursue a long term solution for the tower with the FAA.
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