Mayor Faulconer, Chairman Roberts release joint statement following Chargers announcement

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – At approximately 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors Ron Roberts released a joint statement after the Chargers announced their intention to pursue a Downtown stadium with a public vote in November.

This was their joint statement:

"We want the Chargers to remain in San Diego. After consulting with numerous experts on stadium financing and conducting a large-scale public outreach effort last year we proposed a straight-forward plan to finance a modern NFL stadium at the existing Mission Valley site. That plan would build a new stadium without raising taxes.

Most experts we’ve talked to have concluded that building a stadium Downtown – on land not owned by either the City or the Chargers – would increase costs by hundreds of millions of dollars and take years longer to complete.

However, it now appears that the Chargers intend to pursue a stadium in Downtown. It remains unclear how the Chargers intend to finance a Downtown stadium. But it is abundantly clear that a ballot measure that raises taxes for a stadium must be approved by two-thirds of San Diego’s voters. This is an extremely high hurdle to clear. We remain committed to maintaining an open dialogue with the Chargers as we learn more details about their plan."

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