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Austin City Council Delays F1 Vote Till Wednesday

Construction on the F1 track continues in southeastern Travis County.
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Construction on the F1 track continues in southeastern Travis County.

Saying they need more time to consider a proposal to endorse a Formula One track being constructed in southeastern Travis County, Austin City Council members voted 6-1 to postpone a vote on a deal that would unlock $25 million in state subsidies to pay for costs associated with F1 races in Austin. Mayor Lee Leffingwell was the lone dissenter.

“This has obviously been a difficult, complicated proposition,” Council member Chris Riley said from the dais before the vote to postpone. “In making sure we get the details of the agreement right, recognizing that there is some risk, I would be willing to support the motion [to delay a decision], but I am hopeful that we will be able to finalize the deal.”

Council members heard from supporters and opponents of the deal throughout the day. Skeptics said the city was acting too fast to make a major commitment with racetrack organizers. Proponents said delaying a vote could potentially kill the deal and the local economic benefits that they say would come with it. 

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @KUTnathan.
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