Laconia's 2015 Motorcycle Week rally loses money for first time since 2007



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LACONIA, New Hampshire — Laconia's Motorcycle Week ended with the rally losing money for the first time since 2007.

City Manager Scott Myers said staging the event cost almost $150,000 and made just over $146,000.

NH1.com reports (http://bit.ly/1MyqoK4) Laconia typically uses a portion of the profits from the rally to purchase new items for the police and fire departments.

Myers attributed the losses to an increase in costs for police detail.

This year out of town departments requested their normal fee for event coverage, not the formerly reduced rate. University of New Hampshire officers were paid the most at $47.00 an hour.

Laconia Motorcycle Week this year kicked off less than a month after a deadly shootout between rival motorcycle gangs in Waco, Texas, that left nine bikers dead. New Hampshire law enforcement officials said before motorcycle week got underway here that they did not believe Laconia would feel any repercussions from the Waco shootout.

Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams said at the time that the gangs involved in the Waco shootout, particularly the Bandidos, don't come to Laconia Bike Week because they don't get along with the Hell's Angels, who have a clubhouse in Laconia and are the dominant motorcycle club in the Northeast.

Bar owner Anthony Santagate said this week that police presence should be relaxed now that the biker crowd is mostly older.

Myers said funding for the rally is kept in a special revenue fund and doesn't affect taxpayers.

Laconia's Motorcycle Week ended with the rally losing money for the first time since 2007.

City Manager Scott Myers says staging the event cost almost $150,000 and it made just over $146,000.

NH1.com reports (http://bit.ly/1MyqoK4 ) Laconia typically uses a portion of the profits from the rally to purchase new items for the police and fire departments.

Myers attributed the losses to an increase in costs for police coverage.

This year out of town departments requested their normal fee for event coverage, not the formerly reduced rate. UNH officers were paid the most at $47.00 an hour.

Bar owner Anthony Santagate says police presence should be relaxed now that the biker crowd is mostly older.

Myers says funding for the rally is kept in a special revenue fund and doesn't affect taxpayers.

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