From the Reporter
The Story
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.
The Details
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.
The Tax
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.

Dagny Salas

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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