Basics, Not Boondoggles
According to Slusher circa 1996, a deal might be a City Hall boondoggle if:
10. It's backed by a herd of lobbyists.
9. It's listed for emergency passage.
8. There's a deadline set by out-of-town investors.
7. The contracts are more than two inches thick and were available only hours before they were to be approved, or even after the meeting started.
6. Lobbyists claim it will create jobs, promote tourism, and boost the tax base.
5. Rules are suspended to limit public input.
4. It's touted as making Austin a world class city.
3. Voters have turned it down once, but it keeps coming back.
2. It's repeatedly posted for executive session.
1. It's said that Austin is the only city of its size that doesn't have one.