Jul 30, 2015 6:12 PM

Laconia Motorcycle Week fund loses money during 2015 rally for first time since '07


LACONIA - Motorcycle week ended in the red for 2015, with the rally's fund losing money for the first time since 2007.

City Manager Scott Myers said Motorcycle Week cost $149,163 but only made $146,851, leaving a $2,312.78 hole.

Typically, when the rally rakes in more money, some will be used to purchase new items for the police and fire departments. The fund's loss leaves a remaining balance of $111,123.

The 2015 loss stemmed from increased costs for police detail, Myers said.

Until this year, officers were paid a lower rate, but this year out-of-town departments requested their normal rate for event coverage. UNH officers made the most at $47.00 an hour.

The past few years have had no major incidents, leaving some wondering whether the strong police presence is needed.

'The biker crowd is a little older now, I'd like to see them relax up a little bit on the police presence," said bar owner Anthony Santagate, "They did a good job but they don’t all have to be out here policing the streets," he said.

Funding is kept in a special revenue fund and does not impact taxpayers, Myers said.


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