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Decision 2016

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Guide to San Diego Chargers Stadium Ballot Measures

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    Guide to San Diego Chargers Stadium Ballot Measures

    Measure C ("The Convadium Plan")

    Ballot question: Should the measure be adopted to: increase San Diego’s hotel occupancy tax by 6% to build a City-owned downtown professional football stadium and convention center project, and fund tourism marketing; effect the project financing, design, construction, use, management, and maintenance, including a $650,000,000 contribution and 30-year commitment by a professional football entity; end Tourism Marketing District assessments; adopt a development ordinance, and related land use, sign, and zoning laws?

    Needs: 2/3 voters in City of San Diego

    Details: A 6 percent increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) to fund a new tourism marketing district (1 percent) and a new "Convention Center Expansion and Stadium Fund"(5 percent).

    Key points:

    • City of San Diego would pay $350 million to build stadium & convention center annex
    • Chargers & NFL to pay $650 million to build stadium
    • Taxpayer advocates claim there is a revenue shortfall of $406 million with this plan
    • City has approx $50 million in outstanding debt from 1997 renovation of Qualcomm Stadium

    Measure C proponents include San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (on condition Chargers pay for cost overruns on stadium construction), San Diego Chargers, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Opponents include San Diego Tourism Authority.

    Conceptual Renderings of Chargers Convadium Conceptual Renderings of Chargers Convadium

    Mayor Endorses Measure C Contingent on 8 SafeguardsMayor Endorses Measure C Contingent on 8 Safeguards

    If the eight financial and design safeguards negotiated by the mayor are not met, the stadium will not be built. NBC 7's Omari Fleming has more.
    (Published Monday, Oct. 3, 2016)

    Measure D ("The Citizens’ Plan")

    Ballot question: Should the measure be adopted to: among other provisions, increase San Diego’s hotel occupancy tax up to 5%; end Tourism Marketing District; allow hoteliers to create assessment districts and use hotel occupancy taxes for downtown convention center and not a stadium; prohibit contiguous expansion of existing convention center; create downtown overlay zone for convention and sports facilities; create environmental processes; and allow Qualcomm stadium property’s sale for educational and park uses

    Needs: Authors say a simple majority wins but City Attorney argues two-thirds is needed for passage

    Details: A 5 percent increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) with up to 4 percent credit for hotel operators in new tourism-financed improvement districts

    Key Points:

    • TOT hike could generate $17.6 million/year
    • Would allow vacant Qualcomm Stadium to be sold for education/park use
    • No land use planning without another vote
    • No public funds spent on stadium construction
    • Waterfront expansion of convention center prohibited

    Proponents include San Diego Chargers, JMI Reality, League of Women Voters.  Opponents include San Diego City Attorney, San Diego Tourism Authority

    Taxpayer Advocates Take Issue With Chargers’ Stadium ProjectTaxpayer Advocates Take Issue With Chargers’ Stadium Project

    The Chargers' special adviser on stadium issues told NBC 7's Gene Cubbison that the Taxpayers Association findings were a "manufactured financial report which couldn't pass for a third grade arithmetic homework assignment."
    (Published Monday, Aug. 22, 2016)