City, Pendleton rodeo to work on raising tax money

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Backers of Oregon's biggest rodeo, the Pendleton Round-Up, say they'll work with city officials to find ways to bring in more revenue to pay the property taxes on the rodeo grounds.

But Round-Up President Tim Hawkins says that won't include advertising on the walls of the arena. He says the rodeo won't commercialize its image in the arena.

The East Oregonian reports that Hawkins agreed with Pendleton Mayor Phillip Houk on Tuesday to form a committee to investigate ways to bring in more revenue.

The rodeo has been struggling to pay its taxes since it took ownership of the grounds four years ago from the city. It expects to be $50,000 short this year. A state court has ruled against its bid for a tax exemption.