The Chargers will ask San Diego voters in November to raise the tax on hotel stays to 16.5% in order to help build the new $1.8 billion stadium and convention center.
According to The San Diego Union Tribune:
Paying for the project would fall solely upon hotel guests, the Chargers and the National Football League, unlike previous proposals that tapped general taxpayer funds for part of the financing.
At 16.5 percent, San Diego’s tax on hotel stays contemplated by the initiative would become one of the nation’s highest. Among regional competitors, Anaheim adds 17 percent to room rates, while San Francisco’s tax is as high as 16.25 percent.
Winning the majority vote for the higher hotel tax will be very hard do in California though. In 2004, voters rejected a 2.5% tax hike to help raise money for public safety. There are some really die hard San Diego fans here, who would probably rather pay more than lose their team to another city.