Battle over Charlotte airport could end up in courtroom

Battle over Charlotte airport could end up in courtroom

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 1 at 8:53 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- City Council met behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon to discuss the handling of a claim or judicial action with its attorney.

Mayor Anthony Foxx confirmed the meeting was in reference to the airport but would not further discuss the matter.  Several council members slid out a side door, each refusing to comment to reporters.

NBC Charlotte has learned the council may have been reviewing its legal options, including the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the state if lawmakers pass the Airport Authority bill without considering a study commissioned by the council.

The study was released in draft version last week.  It notes that Charlotte Douglas Airport is an unlikely candidate for a takeover but determined an authority would better ensure long term success.

A consultant will present the official study Wednesday.  He will then present it to City Council at its meeting next Monday.

The Airport Authority bill has already passed the Senate.  The State House agreed to hold off on a vote until the city study was released.  Since this is a local bill, it does not require the Governor's signature to become law.

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