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Pendleton Round Up Falling Short on Funds

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PENDLETON, Ore. - Directors at the Pendleton Round-Up say they're having trouble paying property taxes at the rodeo grounds.

The association that runs the state's signature rodeo says it will probably be about $50,000 short when property taxes are due in November. Last year, the tax bill was about $110,000.

While the rodeo brought in more than $3 million last year, organizers say the rodeo is costly and rarely clears $100,000 when all the expenses are paid.

The Round-Up took over the rodeo grounds from the city back in 2009. Directors say they'll ask the City Council for help in June, because the city's share of the tax revenue would cover the shortfall.

Mayor Phillip Houk however, says he doubts the city can write a check, but it will listen to the appeal.