Right now, San Diego hoteliers and politicians are putting together a plan to renew an extra 2 percent charge on hotel bills. The proposal is expected to raise more than $1 billion over the next four decades for tourism promotion.

Backers of the plan are attempting to make guests of every visitor property in the city, including vacation rentals, to pay the charge. Currently, only those staying at large hotels pay. It’s all part of a major effort to increase visitor taxes without a public vote.

In our latest edition of San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Catherine Garcia and I talk about the plan’s specifics and why it matters.

View more videos at: http://nbcsandiego.com.

Liam Dillon is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He covers San Diego City Hall, the 2012 mayor’s race and big building projects. What should he write about next?

Please contact him directly at liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5663.

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Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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