Wednesday night, Bend City Council authorized spending $100,000 to assess its future software and computer needs. “Two years ago, we started setting aside money so that we are not asking for additional money. This is money that we have been setting aside. Our main operating software is 20 years old, and is reaching the end of it's life.” Bend City Manager Eric King says this study is an overall assessment of what the City's future needs are, and is a better expenditure of money than simply purchasing a single piece of software. City Councilors unanimously endorsed the request saying they are having difficulty doing something as simple as sending email.