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by Michael C. Lowe | May 18, 2011

 Last Thursday, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled a funding proposal for the expansion of the convention center that would involve upping hotel taxes. Downtown San Diego hotels would be taxed an additional 3 percent on each room night, bringing the current hotel tax from 10.5 percent to 13.5 percent; hotels outside of downtown, in areas such as Mission Bay and Mission Valley, would be taxed another 2 percent per night, for a total of 12.5 percent. Hotels further from the downtown area would be taxed 1 percent more per night (11.5 percent). The expansion is estimated to cost $711 million and would increase the convention center's square footage by 961,187 -- from 1,763,876 square feet to 2,725,063 square feet.