COUNCIL BLUFFS — The possible end of live greyhound racing in Council Bluffs picked up support from the City Council here Monday evening.
“We want the Legislature to pass a bill to remove the requirement that Horseshoe continue live greyhound racing,” said Councilman Al Ringgenberg. “If it’s not viable, they should not be required by the state to keep losing money.”
The council voted 4-0 — member Melissa Heard was absent — to approve a resolution in support of the Legislature’s taking action this year to repeal any state law that requires live greyhound racing as a condition of obtaining or retaining a gambling license at land-based casinos, such as Horseshoe in Council Bluffs.
Council member Sharon White said new development on those grounds could generate more property taxes, which would benefit the city’s residents.
The track grounds could be converted to hotels, retail space, restaurants or other uses that would further enhance growth in that area along the busy Interstate 29/80 corridor, the council members said.
A memo of the resolution vote will be sent to leaders of the Iowa House and Senate — Council Bluffs lawmaker Mike Gronstal is the Senate majority leader — as well as all the local representatives there, said City Attorney Richard Wade.
The City Council in Dubuque, the only other city in Iowa to have a dog track, has approved a similar resolution, Wade said.