CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Kentucky State Auditor is recommending changes to the board that oversees Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport.
A recent audit uncovered a history of lavish spending and waste.
The auditor's finding and recommendations are contained in a 48 page report and it sharply criticizes the way the airport board is configured. Auditor Adam Edelen says change is long
"The examination has led me to conclude that decades of waste and abuse as well as dysfunction between the board and airport management in recent years is largely the symptom of an outdated and flawed board governance structure," he said.
Edelen also says the audit uncovered a pattern of lavish spending on food, alcohol and hotels by board members.
"It's not that I'm too upset about how much money they spent. Gosh I like to travel folks, but the important part of travel, particularly when it's ostensibly to be an educational opportunity, is to learn something and nothing was learned," he said.
Currently CVG is governed by a 7-member board which state Edelen says has made CVG a political appendage of the Kenton County Judge Executive. Edelen is recommending the creation of
an 11-member board with three members from Kenton County, two from Boone County, one from Campbell county, one appointed by the Kentucky governor, one appointed by the Ohio governor, one appointed by the Cincinnati mayor and one appointed by Hamilton County commissioners.
According to Edelen, CVG is routinely ranked as one of the most expensive airports in the country and has lost some 500 daily flights and 17-million passengers. He says reforms will help turn things around.
"Although strides have been made in the past year to add flights the board's dysfunction cannot be permitted to hinder the airport's ability to attract new flights, new carriers all things that will help grow the economy in this region," he said
Ohio Governor John Kasich says he supports reform.
"Anything that can upgrade that board and allow us to have more input I'm for and I will talk to the CVC about the strategy that I think they ought to pursue to make sure we get as much input as we can," he said.
Edelen plans to submit his recommendations the Kentucky legislature and he's confident there is enough support to get their approval this legislative session.