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TULIP TROUBLE
(2007-08-03)
(wgvu) - THE "TULIP CITY" MAY HAVE TO SPEND MORE
THAN EXPECTED ON REPLACEMENT BULBS FOR NEXT YEAR.
OFFICIALS IN HOLLAND ARE BLAMING UNFAVORABLE CURRENCY-EXCHANGE
RATES.
THE CITY BOASTS OF HAVING MORE THAN SIX MILLION TULIPS IN THE
GROUND.
IT REPLACES THOUSANDS OF BULBS EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF DAMAGE
CAUSED BY WEATHER CONDITIONS, ROAD SALT OR OTHER FACTORS.
THIS YEAR'S LOWEST BIDDER IS A NETHERLANDS-BASED COMPANY THAT
OFFERED THE CITY MORE THAN 405,000 TULIP BULBS FOR ABOUT $66,000.
THAT'S $11,000 MORE THAN THE CITY PAID LAST YEAR.
MEMBERS OF HOLLAND CITY COUNCIL WILL DECIDE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS
WHETHER TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE FROM A CONTINGENCY FUND OR REDUCE
THE ORDER BY 63,000 BULBS.

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