SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge says a San Diego hotel room tax that would raise $35 million a year is legal but appeals are likely.
U-T San Diego says a Superior Court judge issued a final ruling on Thursday. The judge found that the tax is an acceptable means of raising money to finance a $520 million expansion of the city convention center.
Hotel owners approved the tax last year. It would add a 1- to 3-percent room surcharge to guest bills.
Opponents say the tax should have been submitted to a general public vote. They plan to appeal, which could delay the expansion project for a year or more.
Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com