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The community seems to want to keep it in some form, but how much are they willing to pay for it?

 

The City Club of Central Oregon will be discussing this issue again at Thursday monthly meeting.

 

Ryan Houston with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council will be part of the panel discussion and says cost will be a huge driver in this decision.

 

"And the truth is, it's all expensive.  As a community we've benefitted from it since the 1900's for free.  And now the question is, if we want to keep it, are we willing to pay for it.  And that really changes the conversation for people."

 

The community is deciding between three options -- from keeping it as is, to removing the dam to a combiantion of the two.

 

"You know there has to be a funding mechanism.  One of the elected bodies, either the park board or city council may take some action on that or it could go to the ballot box.  My guess is it could go to the ballot box, but the trick is -- this is all expensive.  So I don't know."

 

The City Club panel also included Bend City Councilor Victor Chudowsky and David Blair.

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