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The Bend City Council held possibly the shortest meeting on record Wednesday night, when they convened to vote on the Transient Room Tax increase question.


Mayor Pro-Tem Jodie Barram said the conversation was thorough.


"We got done in less than an hour actually had a very robust conversation about taxes and this resolution in particular. And I’m happy to share that it passed 5-2, and so the issue will go on the November ballot for the voters to decide the issue of whether or not to raise the room in bend."


Barram said a lot of credit goes to the negotiating team made up of those in the hospitality and tourism industries and local businesses - that hammered out a reasonable proposal for the voters.


The proposal will raise the TRT's by 1% next June (2014) and then another 4-tenths  (0.4) of a percent the following June (2015) to pay for police and fire services and tourism marketing.



Traffic & Weather

  • Colorado Bridge will be closed for 6 weeks from October 5 until November 17.
  • Nightwork: Lane closure on the Parkway: Reed Market Road off-ramp.  7pm-6am starting October 12.
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