|From the Reporter|
| The City Council voted 6-2 to approve a hotel-room tax increase that’s projected to pay for three-quarters of the $520 million Convention Center expansion. City hoteliers are expected to vote on the tax hike in April and a final financing plan is planned to go before council in May.|
|Why It Matters|
| The expansion passed yet another hurdle. Many others, including issues beyond financing, remain before the city can stick a shovel in the ground.|
|What About the City’s Budget|
| Council members tried again to cap city taxpayers’ exposure in the financing plan. This time, they were told it was too late.