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Taxpayers shouldn't have to pay to replant trees cut down for the Baltimore Grand Prix

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Timothy Wheeler's article about the tree planting efforts surrounding the Baltimore Grand Prix raises more questions than it answers ("Grand Prix trees finally getting planted — at taxpayer expense," May 7). Why is the city paying to have the trees planted instead of making the debt-swamped racing group that agreed to be responsible for the project pay?

Wasn't there a contract covering all these things between the city and Baltimore Racing Development, the original event's organizers? And why should the race's new organizers be responsible for covering the costs incurred by their predecessors?

Moreover, the race's new organizers have already missed several key deadlines — will they be any more responsible in meeting their contractual obligations?

The Grand Prix was billed as a moneymaker for the city, but it has turned out to be just the opposite.

Anne Hackney

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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