Dent legislation to increase aviation grant threshold signed into law

The governor has signed Rep. Tom Dent’s bill into law that will increase the maximum grant amounts from $250,000 to $750,000 for general aviation projects provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

Dent says House Bill 1018 was long overdue.

“The maximum grant amount has not been changed in decades and is outdated,” said Dent, R-Moses Lake. “We are updating this law to keep up with the increasing costs of projects. This is also an efficiency measure. Projects can be done quicker instead of taking multiple grant cycles to complete.”

The maximum grant amount has been capped at $250,000 for more than 35 years. The grant is available through the WSDOT’s Airport Aid Grant Program. Increasing the cap will also help maximize opportunities in successfully seeking federal funds for local airports.

Dent added that increasing the grant threshold will give Washington state more flexibility to invest in high-priority projects.

The law will go into effect in late July.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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