WASHINGTON - The Washington Convention Center Authority wants to issue $750 million of bonds for a new hotel but that has raised concerns the District of Columbia could exceed its legal debt limit.

The convention center's board voted to authorize the bond deal last Friday despite an objection to the financing plan from one of its key members - Natwar Gandhi, the district's chief financial officer. Though he supports the idea of a new hotel, Gandhi opposes any issuance that would push the city's debt outstanding above 12% of expenditures.

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