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Bend City Council Will Decide Whether to Put Increasing the Bend Room Tax on November Ballot


Earlier this year, the council tabled whether to put the issue on the May ballot. But supporters are back asking the issue be put on the November ballot.

 

Mike Hollern of Brooks Reousrces supports the idea.

 

"Becuase I think our room tax is lower than most of the area we are comepting with.  And to go from 9 to 11 percent is a relatively modest increase and many of us feel it won't have a negative effect on the transient room tax revenue and the benefits to public safety and economic development and the arts will outweigh negatives, so we are for it."

 

The proposal calls for 30 percent of the funds to go for police and fire and 70 percent to go toward tourism.  It would also set up long term public funding for the arts as a form of economic development.

 

Brett Everett owns several Bend hotels, including the the Entrada Lodge and is dead set against the increase.

 

"They just keep trying to back fill a lot of areas that local government have trouble funding like public safety and the arts and I don't think that's even allowable under the room tax rules.  But you can't fund everything from one tax from one industry."

 

The Bend City Council will consider the issue at their meeting this Wednesday.


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