- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Organizers of the 2021 track and field world championships in Eugene plan to ask the Legislature to increase the lodging tax ahead of the event.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1mYJr7O ) that Vin Lananna and TrackTown USA plan to use the February legislative session to promote a proposal to double the lodging tax, which would be expected to generate about $25 million for the championship.

Lananna says without the lodging money it will be hard to bring 2,000 athletes from 2014 countries to Eugene for the nine-day event in 2021.

He says TrackTown plans to fundraise to upgrade Hayward Field in advance of the event as well.

The budget for the championships is $80 million, half of which Lananna expects to come from public sources.



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