COPY-Dubuque leaders seek to dump greyhound racing
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The Dubuque City Council plans to ask state lawmakers to remove a greyhound dog racing requirement from Mystique Casino.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1bo9uKV) that the request is included in the council's legislative priorities packet approved Monday.
When residents voted for greyhound racing in 1985, the track provided much-needed relief for a community mired in an economic crisis.
But since, city officials say, the greyhound racing industry has fallen into a "death spiral," turning the once lucrative track into a financial anchor.
The Dubuque Racing Association spent about $4.5 million last year to subsidize racing and has diverted more than $55 million from charitable organizations and the city's capital projects fund over the past three decades.
Only two greyhound tracks remain in Iowa. The other is in Council Bluffs.
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