How Much Did the Mayor’s Race Cost Lubbock?
I am really curious about this topic. First off, I LOVE the idea of any events that join us together as a community, but this one seemed like it sure took a lot of resources for the return.
I got up early on Sunday morning, and at about 6 a.m. tried to get on The Loop. I was, of course, blocked out. In fact, it took some crazy maneuvering just to get out of my neighborhood.
At first, I didn't remember what was going on; I just saw tons of flashing lights. On my way back home, I noticed that city crew trucks had joined the party at one on-ramp, putting a grand total of six vehicles at that particular stop. Now keep in mind that TxDOT was also scheduled to help.
So you have Lubbock Police, City of Lubbock crews and TxDOT (at the bare minimum) up on a Sunday blocking off ramps to ensure folks safety. I'm just wondering what all of this cost and how much of it was underwritten? I'd also like to know if there's any significance to the mayor having an event the day he goes up before re-election. Probably most significant of all, I'd like to know if anybody realized the irony of all of these dozens and dozens, if not hundreds of vehicles idling on The Loop on Earth Day?
I just find it a bit concerning that we can go through all of this for people to run on the road, but we can't figure out a way to pay for a roof on the Lubbock Coliseum?
I do very much appreciate the fact that some sponsors stepped up to help with the event. Then again, how? It's not like they paid money into the police overtime fund -- or did they? Also, was this event budgeted for or completely covered by sponsor money? Let's also keep in mind that all of this happened for a little over 1,000 people. That's it.
Maybe all of this was explained and I'm just a dumb guy that can't figure it out. But you can't tell citizens you're too broke to take care of your property, then martial an entire city's resources for a fun run at the same time without question.