AOPA, FAA warn Kentucky funds transfer may violate state, federal laws
Mar. 25, 2004 A Kentucky state legislature plan to siphon $700,000 from the state's aviation fund into the general fund may violate both state and federal laws, AOPA warned. Taking those funds away from airports could have a direct impact on pilots because those funds support airport safety and capacity improvement.
Like many states, Kentucky is struggling through tough economic times and is looking for creative financing solutions. But in a letter to state senate leaders, AOPA Southeast Regional Representative Bob Minter warned that using funds derived from state and local aviation fuel taxes may violate federal law. "We knew the transfer of the aeronautics fund money to the general fund was contrary to the state law that established the fund in the first place," said Minter, "but when we talked to the FAA about it, the agency said that it may also violate federal law."
AOPA's letter acknowledged both the state's fiscal difficulties and AOPA's appreciation for the state's commitment to improving Kentucky's system of airports.
"I hope that you and your colleagues and Kentucky's new administration will consider AOPA and our members in the Commonwealth as partners," Minter wrote. "You will find no stronger advocates for general aviation airports and their vital role in Kentucky's economic progress."