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From the Reporter
The Issue
After years of saying otherwise, backers of a $550 million Convention Center expansion now say they need $3 million a year from the city’s day-to-day operating budget to help finance the project.
Why It Matters
The city’s day-to-day budget funds regular city services, such as fire, police, streets and libraries, all strained by annual cost cuts. Backers say the money will come from hotel-room revenues that will increase only if the Convention Center expands. But the city likely will be on the hook if the economic projections don’t pan out.
What’s Next
City Council wants to see a full financing plan on the project by the end of the year, but Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office said it might take until spring.

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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