Utahns now get to find out how much the Olympics will cost in late September, sooner than organizers of the 2002 Winter Games had initially promised to release the results of a major budget overhaul.
The Salt Lake Organizing Committee is spending $750,000 to revise the $1 billion-plus Games budget, a project that's expected to be completed next month.Originally, SLOC Chief Executive Officer Frank Joklik said the new budget wouldn't be released until after the organizing committee's board of trust-ees voted on it in October - and then only "if that's the board's wish."
That's changed. Now the new budget will be made public at a board meeting on Sept. 24, according to Shelley Thomas, SLOC vice president of public communications.
The meeting starts at 9 a.m. on the 10th floor of the office building where SLOC is headquartered, 257 E. 200 South. A vote on the budget is not expected to be taken until the next trustees meeting, still planned for Oct. 8.
Thomas said the decision to hold a meeting of the board in September was made to give both trustees and the public an opportunity to consider the contents of the budget before it's approved.
The budget must also be approved by Gov. Mike Leavitt and Salt Lake Mayor Deedee Corradini - both serve on the board of trustees.
The project has been under way since last year, when trustees hired San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp. to re-work the budget.