By Nicole Higgins DeSmet
Jan. 23, 2017
The City Council passed a resolution after three hours of debate late Monday night to end the airport buyout program and hold the Federal Aviation Administration accountable for what councilors said are affordable-housing and tax-revenue losses to the city.
The resolution asks the FAA and the airport to respond by Feb. 7. The council hopes the measure will open negotiations that would benefit the neighborhood. “Or at least open a seat at the table,” councilor Meaghan Emery said.
In September, the airport announced an acquisition program, when buyouts were thought to be over. This surprised the airport neighborhood and the South Burlington City Council.[FULL ARTICLE]