From the Reporter
What’s Happened
The City Council set the maximum tax increase San Diego tourists will pay to help finance the $520 million Convention Center expansion.
What’s The Plan
Visitors at downtown hotels will pay 3 percent more. Visitors at Mission Bay and Mission Valley area hotels will pay 2 percent more. Visitors at La Jolla and further flung hotels will pay 1 percent more. The council also said that the city’s own contribution to the expansion must be capped.
What’s The Problem
Equity. Tourists are seeing their costs solidified, but city taxpayers still face risks. Some hotels, such as those next to the Convention Center and in Coronado, win big. Some hotels, such as those in Rancho Bernardo and San Ysidro, lose.

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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