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Chargers seek hotel tax increase to help fund stadium

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers plan to ask voters in November to approve an increase in the city's hotel tax to build a combined stadium and convention center annex downtown.

The Chargers say they need to gather 66,447 signatures from registered voters by mid-June to place the initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The initiative comes after the Chargers were rebuffed by NFL owners in their attempt to build a stadium with the rival Oakland Raiders in a Los Angeles suburb.

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It would raise the hotel tax to 16.5 percent, among the highest on the West Coast.

The Chargers say they would contribute $350 million, which could be offset by personal seat licenses and naming rights. The NFL would contribute $300 million, including a $200 million loan.

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