£200k was the figure being banded around that the town was paying to host the start. I assume every town hosting a start or a finish was paying something similar. I’m sure the people in the town aren’t fundamentally opposed to the bike race happening in Yorkshire, they just don’t want to pay for it themselves .
Policing seems to be a particularly sensitive subject in the town. When I was a kid there was a fully manned 24/7 police station in the town. This was closed a few years ago and now they have 2 police officers from 20 miles away in Harrogate on duty in the town during the day. They had a number of incidents last year where large numbers of people turned up from out of town, overwhelmed local beauty spots, ignored local by-laws about alcohol consumption and generally made a mess. The police were generally considered to have done nothing because they were undermanned and back-up was too far away.
The fact that there was no budget for policing but the town council was paying to host a bike race kept being raised, even though the two things were completely unrelated and £200k is a drop in the ocean even in local government spending.