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BC-NE--Swim Trials-Taxpayer Tab, NE

May 16, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha has pledged $750,000 in taxpayer money to cover some of USA Swimming’s more than $3 million in costs to host the 2020 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the City Council approved a plan Tuesday to make the second of three annual $250,000 payments to the Omaha Sports Commission for USA Swimming.

City officials say the money was needed to ensure the trials will still be held in Omaha after one of the organization’s largest corporate sponsors, Mutual of Omaha, scaled back support.

Omaha hosted the swimming trials for the third consecutive year in 2016. Regional tourism officials say the 2016 trials brought in about $74 million.

USA Swimming spokeswoman Belle McLemore declined to comment.

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