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John Fish, chairman of Boston 2024, answers a councilman's question during the first meeting of the Boston City Council on the city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics on March 6. (Stephan Savoia/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
John Fish, chairman of Boston 2024, answers a councilman's question during the first meeting of the Boston City Council on the city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics on March 6. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Massachusetts residents may be able to vote on whether they want to host the Olympics. Boston 2024, the privately funded group behind the Olympics bid, is now working to put a referendum on next year's ballot. That is in addition to an effort by former gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk. He's been working on a ballot question that would ban the use of taxpayer funds on the games.

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Asma Khalid, WBUR reporter. She tweets @asmamk.

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WBUR: Support For Boston Olympics Falls Further, WBUR Poll Finds

    "For the first time in WBUR’s three polls this year, a majority of those surveyed, 52 percent, oppose bringing the Olympics to Boston in 2024."

Radio Boston: Evan Flachuk Pursues A Vote On Olympic Games Bid

    "The history of Olympic Games world-wide is that there's enormous cost overruns. We've got a current budget deficit ... and if that's an example of how we spend our money on projects, I don't think signing up for an enormous project like this one, especially given the lack of transparency, is a good idea for the taxpayers."

Radio Boston: Boston 2024 CEO Richard Davey Says Olympics Won’t Cost Boston Taxpayers Anything

    " We have privately funded the bid efforts to date, both before we won and after. We have about a $9 billion budget. About $4.5 billion of that would be covered by TV revenues, ticket revenues, broadcast rights, et cetera. The Olympic games, generally, never have a problem covering that, and [an] east coast games, with the NBC covering it, we feel very confident on the revenue side there. Where some games have run awry, and where we feel confident nonetheless, is building out some of the big venues."

This segment aired on March 24, 2015.

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