|From the Reporter|
|The financing plan for the Convention Center expansion will increase the city’s comparatively low taxes on tourists to the point that they’re no longer comparatively low at the city’s major hotels.|
|Tourists will be asked to pay for much of the half-billion dollars needed to expand the city’s Convention Center. Increased hotel-room taxes will take care of $28 million to $30 million annually, or about three-quarters of what’s required to finance the expansion.|
|Voters twice rejected an increase to the hotel-room tax in 2004 when the revenues would’ve helped general city services in the wake of the 2003 wildfires. But Convention Center backers argue this hike wouldn’t need voter approval.