Two Hotel Tax Hikes on San Diego Ballot, but Only One Has ‘Tax’ in the Ballot Title  

Voters in the city of San Diego will see two hotel tax measures on the ballot in November, but only one is described as a tax in the ballot heading written by the city attorney.

Measure C, which calls for increasing the city’s hotel tax rate from 12.5 percent to 16.5 percent to raise money for a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers football team, has the ballot title of “Downtown Stadium Initiative.”

Measure D, which would increasing the hotel tax rate to 15.5 percent to raise money for a variety of things, including a possible stadium and convention center, is labeled the “Tax and Facilities Initiative.”

The tax increases are mentioned in the ballot questions for both measures.

Lawyer Cory Briggs, the sponsor of Measure D, said he plans to sue over the “glaring disparity” in the ballot titles. He noted that his measure calls for a smaller tax increase than the measure that is not labeled as a tax. (Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, August 21.)

August 30, 2016

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