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Reno Casinos urge lawmakers to pass proposal

The Associated Press

RENO- Opponents of a funding plan for construction of a convention center in downtown Reno say it would undercut efforts by the area’s tourism agency to market the region.

Circus Circus, Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Harrah’s hotel-casinos are pushing the plan for the center.

A bill pending before the state legislature would allow downtown casinos to raise room tax rates, form a tax assessment district and impose a per-room charge to help pay for it.

The center, however, would be owned and operated by a new company formed by the downtown casinos for 30 years.

Other casinos outside the downtown area have hired Scott Craigie, former chief of staff to ex-governor Bob Miller, to fight the legislation.

Craigie said the bill would create a dangerous division between downtown interests and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and undermine the tourism agency’s efforts to market the region.

The Senate Taxation Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the bill next week.

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