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Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:52 AM

Regional leaders float idea to buy Lambert from St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — County and municipal leaders in St. Louis, St. Charles and Jefferson counties are looking at the possibility of buying St. Louis Lambert International Airport from the city and putting it under the control of a regional board.

The heads of some of the region’s largest governments have discussed a massive special sales taxing district spanning St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and even Franklin counties, the Post-Dispatch has learned.

If voters in those jurisdictions approved it, a half-cent sales tax could generate some $80 million to $100 million annually — money that could be used to acquire the airport from St. Louis, much as a private operator would have done under a long-term lease contemplated during the recently aborted privatization process.

“We have talked to St. Louis (County and) St. Charles (County) and the issue’s been brought up to Jefferson County,” said Bridgeton Mayor Terry Briggs, who has pitched the idea and discussed it with other area mayors and county leaders.

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/regional-leaders-float-idea-to-buy-lambert-from-st-louis/article_21facd25-b47e-53d0-af6d-453f21d8eb8c.html

The minute they said Sales Tax Increase to pay for this...They lost me.

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