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Plans to Privatize Lambert Airport Fail

May 18, 2018 - 6:56 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A plan to hire a consultant to advise the city on turning Lambert Airport over to private operators has failed to take off.  It failed to gain passage in the city's finance board, the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.  That's okay with Southside Alderwoman Carol Howard. She's been leery of the idea from the get-go.

“Personally I’m not for privatization. My experience has been that privatizing puts a middle man in to make profit off of public services, and usually what’s cut is the service,” she says.  

It’s also a relief to Southside Alderman Joe Vaccaro.

“It’s funny that the last two years we’ve been talking about how we’ll privatize the water department, now the airport’s next. To me all this seems to be is how to get the city county merger,” he says.

The plan failed to move through the finance board when Aldermanic President Lewis Reed opposed it.  Reed wants guarantees that money going to help with the city's debt, neighborhood blight and creating jobs.