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Last week the council was split on the issue, but this week, more local hotel owners are expected to show up and offer their two cents.

 

Councilor Scott Ramsay isn't in favor of increasing the hotel tax from 9 to 11 percent.

 

"Personally I feel very strongly about this -- every time government's answer is to turn around and raise taxes.  It's this philosophy, other communities are charging this and we're leaving money on the table.  Instead of saying, let's remain an affordable community and maximize what have and make sure we're running it as efficiently as possible."

 

Councilor  Victor Chudowsky also plans to vote no on raising the hotel tax.  

 

He's heard from a lot of local hotel owners in the last week and many of them feel they are not being helped by the city's marketing efforts.

 

"There's a certain faction that benefits from the promotion and others who don't.  And this has been going on for awhile.  There seems to be a lot of fighting over this.  And this feeling has been simmering in the background for quite a long time now."

 

Chudowsky says he's heard criticism about lack of cooperation between the region's tourism agencies.  He feels there could be better synergy between Visit Bend and the Central Oregon Visitors Association."

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