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Bend Could Continue s 27¢ Levy


The City of Bend may be going to the voters for money to improve the City's streets. City councilors spent the day in a financial strategy session to discuss police and fire funding, street improvements, and Juniper Ridge. City staff are proposing continuing a 27¢ per $1000 levy that is scheduled to expire this year. Right now it funds the Downtown Urban Renewal District, but the proposal is to target it to specific street improvements like reed market. New City Councilor Scott Ramsey says the voters must decide: “It's the only way I would ever support anything like that, is the fact that it does go to the voters. I’m not in favor of something like the stuff, which is a utility tax, mandated by the Council. I think that anytime you are talking about raising or spending the money, it has to go to the public for approval.” Bend City Manager Eric King will draft a resolution for a February meeting of the Council. There seems to be a majority of Councilors that approve putting the request to voters, but a few like Jeff Eager want it clearly spelled out that the money would be used for roads, and would not be used to support the General Fund.


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