City Councilman wants internal audit of airport parking problems

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –Nationwide Parking Services owes the Shreveport Regional Airport about $700,000. Mayor Cedric Glover said the airport has been on top of the payments situation since the beginning, and the debt accumulated quickly over the last 6-8 months. However, e-mails between airport management and Nationwide show that the parking company has had trouble making payments since at least 2008.

One e-mail from the airport's Manager of Administrative Services, Anita MacQueen, to the parking company in September 2008 said, "Thanks for letting us know we could deposit the check we were holding and hopefully things will get better."

Another email from MacQueen in October of 2008 said, "as you know I am very willing to work through this with you and help you in any way that I can. No, we certainly do not want to cash a check where the funds are not there to cover the amount..."

"Going back to 2008, there clearly seems to be issues with Nationwide not paying or not paying the full amount, and it appears that they just got further and further and further behind. Now, we see what the result is," said Shreveport City Councilman Monty Walford.

Walford says the airport's leniency regarding payments was irresponsible.

"In my business, a bounced check waves a big red flag," said Walford.

Although it seems airport management knew Nationwide owed them money, Walford says they never told City Council.

"They presented their budget in November, and never let us know," said Walford.

Now, the City Council is waiting on a revised budget from the airport, and Walford says he wants the city's internal auditor to investigate this issue.

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