Highlander wrote:grovester wrote:Highlander wrote:
Absolutely. Watching the council trying to play up to their constituencies by trying to extract CBA money from Edgemoor is painful. KC's politicians are trying to milk this thing to the point it will no longer be an attractive investment. And once again, KCI may be in KC but KC residents are a only a modest size minority of the users of the airport. This really needs to be a multi-county authority working with Edgemoor without any individuals with something to gain by delivering an amount of CBA dollars to a particular ward.
My enthusiasm was for the regional funding, not necessarily the regional authority. They shouldn't do one without the other. Any regional authority would also have the pork hunting, just over a broader area of town.
Isn't the airport regionally funded by default? It's funded by the users of the airport. I guess there is the issuance of construction bonds that would be backed by the city of KCMO and perhaps those should be a regionally shared liability even with as little risk as they pose.
The spirit of my original comment was that kcmo citizens could try to leverage giving up sole control of the airport
And move toward a regional authority (like say, KCATA) in exchange for participating municipalities/counties committing to providing regional transportation funding commensurate with what KCMO currently provides to KCATA (we provide the bulk of local funding for the agency). This could help improve bus service regionally or be put towards a regional rail system. KCMO has something others want. We shouldn’t give it away for free.
Alternatively, kcmo could have the port authority run the airport. An entity indirectly controlled by the city, but free from some of the direct political problems faced by council control (there will, of course, always be some element of politics).
Likely, though, nothing at all will come of this.