in Houston, Texas
Formula 1 races in Austin later this month, courtesy of the taxpayers, but at what cost?
Thursday, Nov 08, 2012, 10:55AM CST
By Mark Lisheron
Formula 1

An event so stupendous, so gargantuan it threatens to shut down all of Austin demands from the city a plan so all-encompassing no one could possibly tell how much it might cost.

Which, judging from the way it has done business with the city, is just fine with Circuit of the Americas, which is bringing its show to the Capital City sometime next week for races Nov. 16-18.

While the public waits for a judge to decide whether it has the right to see how its tax money is involved with the Formula 1 event, Circuit officials aren’t quite sure how they might be reimbursing the city and Travis County for turning their sheriff’s, police, fire and streets departments over to them for some of that “Laissez les bons temps rouler-ing,” the Austin American-Statesman reports today.

The Statesman has so far done a bang-up job making whatever it can public about the European sport of the extremely well-to-do, from junkets offered to city officials to a plan to siphon off some of that free solar development money Austin Energy likes to give away.

City Manager Mark Ott has assured the hoi polloi the city is doing everything it can to keep costs down. A bill is being carefully kept for all of the public services including the master command center in East Austin and the auxiliary command centers at the track and in the middle of traffic downtown.

Just what that bill will read by the time the circus - we meant Circuit - moves to another glamorous town, Ott cannot say.

Circuit of the Americas needn’t worry. When it comes to things the city of Austin really wants, like a billion-dollar urban choo-choo or eliminating the blight of plastic grocery bags, it is worth it no matter what it costs.

Contact Mark Lisheron at 512-299-2318 or or on Twitter at @marktxwatchdog.

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Photo of F1 race car by flickr user ash-brown, used via a Creative Commons license.

Wayne in NH
Friday, 11/09/2012 - 06:51AM

What a bunch of lies, fabrications or whatever!!!

Jonny Vanderpool
Friday, 11/09/2012 - 09:46AM

What an idiotic article.

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