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City officials ponder if Austin Olympics bid is a good idea
Friday, February 22, 2013 by Michael Kanin
Mayor Lee Leffingwell had not yet received a letter yesterday that is supposedly on its way asking if
The estimated cost of applying is $10 million, but the Statesman reported that
Nevertheless, Leffingwell remained diplomatic saying it was an honor to be asked. Noting that the city does not have 45,000 hotel rooms and that Austin’s summertime climate might not be conducive to the summer games, he said “we owe it to everybody to get some more information.”
His colleagues were less reserved.
“Who the hell thought of that?” asked Council Member Bill Spelman. “I think it’s a dumb idea.”
Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, who likes to look at the bottom line as much as anyone, said, “I do not believe that we have the infrastructure to accommodate the Olympics. And I question our ability to make that type of investment and receive an adequate return.”
Council Member Laura Morrison said, “
Thursday, the Austin Business Journal asked readers this question: “Should
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