Nevada Assembly Passes Stadium Funding Bill

by Bob Johnson 0

The Nevada State Assembly has approved SB312, which increases the Washoe County hotel room tax to raise funds for:

• Improvements to Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority properties, including the National Bowling Stadium.

• Marketing the region as a tourist destination.

• Attracting more flights to Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

The bill passed by a margin of 31-11, and is expected to generate approximately $4 million in revenue. It calls for $1 to be added to the downtown nightly hotel tax, and $2 to be added to the nightly tax at hotels outside the downtown area.

While that means bowlers traveling to Reno for tournaments at the National Bowling Stadium likely will be paying more for lodging, they may also be paying less to get there. The RSCVA said it plans to use some of the new funding for “airline risk mitigation,” intended to motivate airlines to add flights to the city. More flights could equate with lower fares, as long as multiple airlines are involved.

You can read more about the passage of Nevada SB312 here: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/05/14/lawmakers-approve-washoe-room-tax-hike-marketing/27340323/

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.