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Update on stage race funding request

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 29th, 2006 at 5:10 pm

Today at City Council, Commissioner Sam Adams proposed an amendment to the city budget that would allocate $100,000 in seed money for a "Tour de Portland" style stage race.

This is much less than the amount initially requested by a sub-committee of the fledgling Oregon Bicycle Business Association.

According to a source in Adams' office, he decided to request a substantially lower amount to increase the likelihood of getting any funding at all (I guess a few million bucks for a bike race was a bit overzealous...but hey, there was no harm in asking).

The amendment (including the $100,000) will now continue to the next phase of the budget process and Mayor Potter will ultimately decide its fate in the next few months.

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  • josh November 29, 2006 at 6:41 pm

    they should take that $100,000 and put it towards building the proposed indoor velodrome instead...

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  • Dabby November 29, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Or a nice homeless shelter.

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  • pushkin November 30, 2006 at 1:10 pm

    Dabby-
    Or maybe a nice homeless shelter with a velodrome in it. You could ride brakeless there with no fines and have a place to sleep courtesy of the City. That would really stick it to The Man.

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