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Supervisor Horn Gives San Diego Stadium Task Force Something To Consider

Photo caption: Qualcomm Stadium during a game that pitted the San Diego Chargers against the...

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Qualcomm Stadium during a game that pitted the San Diego Chargers against the New York Jets, Oct. 5, 2014.

San Diego County Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn says the county could help issue bonds to pay for a new stadium as long as taxpayers aren't on the hook to pay them back.

The San Diego mayor's stadium task force is set to meet with the Chargers on Monday, but a county supervisor's comments to KPBS about funding the project may give the group something else to talk about.

Adam Day, who chairs the Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group, confirmed the Bolts meeting to City News Service on Thursday, but didn't provide details. The group is tasked with selecting a site for a new football stadium and finding a way to pay for it.

That's where San Diego County Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn said the county could play a role.

"I believe if the county could get involved, we might be able to put in some revenue bonds, something like that," he told KPBS Midday Edition. "But I would have to say to my taxpayers, 'you’re not going to have to pay for this.' These are gunna have to be from bonds that will pay for themselves."

At a county ceremony last month, Supervisor Ron Roberts indicated he also would support partnering with the city on a new stadium.

"Try to imagine a new stadium befitting our region of San Diego," Roberts said at the January event. "As a team, and with the partnership of the city of San Diego...as a team we can do this."

When speaking about working with the city, Roberts acknowledged Councilman Todd Gloria, who was in the audience.

Horn said he has not been approached by the city to participate in the latest stadium talks.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed the nine-member task force last month, with an eye toward developing a plan by this fall. That would give city officials time to put together a ballot measure for the 2016 election cycle.

The mayor also made public various documents related to the Chargers' decade-plus search for a new playing facility to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium.

"The Citizens' Stadium Advisory Group greatly appreciates the documents Mayor Kevin Faulconer shared with us and the public," Day said. "It gives us a lot to work with as we work toward selecting a site and developing a financing plan."

The documents are located on the website for the city's Real Estate Assets Department. The links will be found by clicking "Related Links" and then "Stadium Information and Research."

Day also said the task force is planning an open forum to take public input on a stadium plan.

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