San Diego rejects Chargers stadium tax; team could eye LA next

SAN DIEGO (KABC) -- San Diego voters rejected a tax measure to fund a new stadium for the Chargers, meaning the team might begin considering relocation to Los Angeles.

Measure C asked San Diego voters for an increase in the city's hotel room tax to fund a new downtown football stadium and convention center.

The measure looked to increase the hotel tax from its current 10.5 percent to 16.5 percent.

That would have generated more than $1 billion in additional tax revenue, while the NFL and the Chargers planned to kick in an additional $650 million toward the project.

Measure C needed to receive two-thirds of the vote to pass and pre-election polls indicate it didn't have that level of support from likely voters.

Initial election night results put support for the measure at around 40 percent.

With the measure failing, the team is expected to being looking at relocation to Los Angeles, possibly joining the Rams at a new stadium being built in Inglewood.
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