Hotel tax meeting set for Tuesday

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Officials from Yes! For a Better San Diego will be having a presentation on the proposed visitor hotel tax increase at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

The discussion will include a question-and-answer session, as well as exact figure projections on how the proposed tax increase could benefit the homeless, San Diego roads, and pay for a convention center expansion.

Per the initiative, raising lodging taxes by 1.25 percent peripherally around San Diego and 3.25 in the downtown area is projected to yield $40 billion for the local economy and create more than 7,000 permanent jobs.

RELATED: Proposed tax increase expands convention center

Proponents of the measure also claim the increase would generate $2 billion for homelessness programs and services, as well as channel $600 million into roads and infrastructure repair.

Some notable speakers scheduled for the presentation include Michael McDowell, president of the San Diego Lodging Industry Association; Murtaza Baxamusa, director of planning and development for the San Diego Building Trades Family Housing Corporation; and Skip Hull, vice president of CIC Research.

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The end goal for visitor hotel tax bill proponents is to gather enough signatures for approval onto the November 2018 ballot.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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