According to an article posted by Voice of San Diego this evening, the San Diego Chargers are preparing to release their own plan for financing a downtown NFL stadium, separate from the Cory Briggs Citizens’ Plan.
The Chargers’ ballot measure would:
increase the city’s 10.5 percent hotel room tax to 16.5 percent
eliminate the 2 percent tourism marketing levy on top of that
set aside 1 percent for a tourism marketing trust fund instead
set aside 5 percent for a joint convention center and stadium
it’s anticipated not all of that would be needed so another 1 percent would go to the tourism marketing fund – equaling the 2 percent existing allocation
Due to a bombshell appellate court decision that was published on Tuesday, it would appear that this ballot measure (which would be a Citizen’s Initiative supported by the team) would only need to win more than 50% of the vote to pass rather than 66.7% of the vote.
However, this isn’t a slam dunk for the Chargers just yet. They’re missing some key supporters, according to the Voice of San Diego:
Regardless, the Chargers’ new plan hasn’t gotten the mayor’s support nor the support of the alliance the Chargers said they were working with: the group working to pass the Citizens’ Plan.