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Activists, Aldermen Voice Concerns Over Airport Privatization Canvassing Efforts

September 14, 2018 - 8:54 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Some activists and St. Louis aldermen aren't happy about a canvassing effort underway regarding Lambert Airport's possible privatization.

Some residents might start seeing information from the advisory team consulting the city on the process as they gain feedback.  Alderwoman Megan Green says canvassing is fine -- as long as the information is balanced.

“Folks felt as if there was already a foregone conclusion that this was going to be privatized and those canvassers were trying to find the appropriate language to use to sway public perception in favor or privatization, not really to get their feedback,” she says.

Green and other aldermen are supporting a measure to require a public vote before the airport is privatized. That bill's recently been introduced.

Alderwomen Cara Spencer is concerned about the language.

“I think we need to be very careful about what is being stated in any effort that’s being done, recognizing that the city tax payers will be paying for this is we move forward in this effort,” she says.

Spencer acknowledges the city's not paying the advisory group, but the group would be paid a portion of privatization benefits, and city taxpayers funded the cost to build the airport through bond issues.