"Watching every dollar that we spend has been an important part of this process, and I can tell you that I'm really satisfied with the way we've managed our expenses this year," Burton said.
"They're working very hard to make sure that expenditures are looked at very closely and they're putting on a strong promotional effort," councillor Ron Hayter, who unsuccessfully petitioned for an audit of last year's Indy, claimed, "I'm cautiously confident they're going to put on the event this year without hitting the taxpayer between the eyes."
Supporters of the event, however, insist that simply being on the IndyCar calendar is a worthy ambition, helping to promote the city to visitors.
"The publicity, you can't even put a price tag on it," councillor Tony Caterina maintained, a sentiment backed up by colleague Karen Leibovici.
"We know the Indy has huge worldwide appeal," she said, "Every time the cars go around the track on the TV screen, people see Edmonton. We can't afford the kind of advertising we get."