The leaders of Boston 2024, the nonprofit corporation looking to bring the Olympic Games to the Boston area 10 summers from now, claim that the venture would be largely funded through private financing.

So you might like to think there’s no real need to involve the state Legislature — or any need for a bill like the one filed by state Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, requiring that lawmakers approve a bid for the games before any state money is expended for the massive undertaking.

But while preparing the city’s final Olympic bid due in September, Boston 2024 also concedes that an undetermined amount of federal money will go toward games security, with taxpayer money also needed for infrastructure upgrades that will be no doubt be necessary to host the games.

In that vein, there is every reason to believe that at least some of that infrastructure will require state money at some point. So the bill Tarr has filed in tandem with Sen. Richard Ross, should indeed draw support toward ensuring oversight and accountability on behalf of the state’s taxpayers.

To date, Boston 2024’s focus has been trying to drum up a consensus in support of the Olympic bid among the state’s residents, who have given it little more than a 50-50 reception in polls. Organizers behind the Boston bid have also done their best to quiet down and sidestep a number of calls for a referendum on whether to take the final steps in bidding for the games.

But while no one doubts that the games could bring some significant economic benefits to the region as well as the city, it’s also important to keep close tabs on any potential costs, whether for new athletic venues — which have no business being built with public funds — or for infrastructure costs, even if such projects are geared toward Boston’s and the state’s long-range future.

Tarr’s bill shouldn’t be seen as a hurdle or a threat toward bringing the games to Boston, if that is indeed what the state’s taxpayers want. It would merely provide a measure of acceptability that is needed for these efforts now — and most certainly will be as these plans go forward.

It deserves to be heard — and it deserves the full Legislature’s support.

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