Who Pays for What?

RECEIVED Tue., Oct. 6, 2009

Dear Editor,
    This just in from KUT/Lexus of Austin: The dons of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, known as C3 Presents, have just announced they've bought Zilker Park and will restrict public use of the iconic "Great Lawn" to one week every leap year. Half-kidding aside, Austinites have been assured that the $2.5 million sewer sod was installed on C3's dime. Now it is quietly revealed that, in fact, taxpayers are floating a loan to ACL/C3 to be paid off in five years. I'm guessing that we'll continue to pay for the watering and now the Town Lake water tests for fecal contamination and soil tests to confirm that a kid cutting his shin playing soccer in that sludge is perfectly safe. Perhaps the dog-butt-ugly fences could just stay up year-round and serve as a FEMA camp in the event of a natural disaster? Don't like it, citizens? Use your imagination. You're sitting in a tub of that Dillo crud, smoking cigars with the C3 men and dividing up the muddy loot. Or just go play soccer or fly a kite in the streets. Or go to the mall.
Mike Rieman
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