By Gwyneth Shoecraft.

Looking to raise the bulk of $520 million to fund the long-awaited expansion of the Convention Center, San Diego city officials knew they’d have to get clever about finding funds.

So city leaders concocted a plan to raise the hotel room tax without asking voters to approve it.

Turns out, city officials weren’t as clever as they thought.

A recent appellate court ruling found the funding plan was unconstitutional because the tax increase wasn’t approved by voters.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, VOSD’s Scott Lewis and NBC7 review just where the plan went wrong and what’s next in the effort to fund the Convention Center’s revamp.

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Originally posted at Voice of San Diego.