(Council Bluffs) The Omaha World Herald says city and business leaders in Council Bluffs are supporting an effort to end greyhound racing in Council Bluffs and Dubuque. Some legislators are concerned about job losses if the track shut down.
The Mystique greyhound track in Dubuque and Bluffs Run Greyhound Park at Horseshoe Council Bluffs are the last two left in the state, and attendance has been declining for years because of the casinos. Gambling profits at the tracks have plummeted from a combined total of $186 million in 1986 to $5.9 million in 2012.
The Omaha World Herald reports about $14 million in annual subsidies from Iowa casino profits help keep greyhound racing operations afloat. Some lawmakers believe the money could be better spent. Other lawmakers, expressing concern over job losses, and would like the greyhound industry and casino industry to reach an agreement before a bill is formally on the table.
January 22, 2014