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Mayor Collins speaks out against airport privatization

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The debate continues over the future of Toledo Express and Toledo Executive airports.

Wednesday, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins voiced his opposition to privatizing either facility.

This coming after a local investment company expressed interest.

"I'm a little discouraged," Dock David Treece, Vice President of Treece Investments, said.  "This is nothing more than a deal, really."

Treece Investments is looking to take over all operations of the airports.

"What we want to do is have a private entity take the Port's (Port Authority's) position as manager of the airport and we think we can run in profitably as a private entity," Treece said.

But it's easier said than done. 

Mayor Collins and Port Authority leaders have voiced strong opposition after some push-back from the Federal Aviation Administration.

"They've challenged us on whether they're going to proved the $6 million in discretionary funding that's been preliminary set aside for two major projects at the airport this year," Paul Toth, President of the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority said.

For Collins, unanswered questions are raising red flags.

"I've not seen your plan, you have divulged your plan, I don't know who your financial people are, I don't know what the end goal is," Collins said to Dock David Treece.

Even if city council tries to pass legislation to move forward, the Mayor promises to veto it.

Treece says they have a plan and will release specific details Thursday.

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