What is the Public Building Commission?
The seven-member commission was first created in 1966 to oversee all of the buildings owned by St. Clair County, such as the St. Clair County Jail. About a year prior to the opening of MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah in 1997, the St. Clair County Board granted the commission broad powers to oversee daily operations at the airport.
What does the commission oversee at the airport?
The commission can sell bonds to finance projects, approve service contracts, grant economic incentives to businesses, hire consultants and OK other expenses.
Where does the commission's funding come from?
Funding to run the county's buildings stems in large part from lease agreements with the St. Clair County Board. For example, the county's budget shows the board will pay more than $4 million in lease expenses related to MidAmerica airport this year.
What does this mean for me?
The county is collecting $10.6 million in property taxes from residents this year to pay for the lease agreements and other related funding for the commission. This represents about 30 percent of your total tax bill from St. Clair County. (The county is only one of several taxing districts on your tax bill.)