'Significant' audit on Cincinnati-N.Ky. airport to come out 'sooner rather than later,' Edelen says

05/27/2014 12:15 PM

Not only is the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport crucial to Kentucky’s economic development but its cut-back of flights from Delta could have major ripple effects on the rest of the state, Auditor Adam Edelen said.

Edelen’s office is currently reviewing the spending practices and oversight of the board of the airport, which will be “significant” and is expected to be released this summer, Edelen told Pure Politics in an extended interview last week.

Edelen said flights likely factored into Toyota’s decision to consolidate its Northern Kentucky headquarters in Plano, Texas, near Dallas, which has multiple round-trip flights to Tokyo per day.

“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we see sometime in the future additional direct flights between Lexington and Dallas,” Edelen said.

Edelen also weighed in on whether public universities will be next on his office’s to-do list. And he said he’d like to see a renovated Rupp Arena — but perhaps at a lower cost than the “Cadillac” proposal for $350 million worth of renovations that city leaders like Mayor Jim Gray had been pushing.

But Edelen’s next special audit now that he finished a review of the Jefferson County Public Schools looks to be the Fayette County School District. That district’s budget director found a questionable $20 million carryover that has exacerbated the district’s financial woes, as the Herald-Leader reported on Tuesday . That district’s leaders have asked the auditor’s office to review the books.

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