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BEND, OR -- The City of Bend is hanging a "Help Wanted" sign.  City councilors unanimously approved a plan to hire 26 new workers - a sign of an improving economy.  Positions include building inspectors, police officers, engineers and city planners.  
 
At Wednesday night's meeting, councilor Jim Clinton said one area drove his vote, "First of all, it would have to do with us getting a grip on this vacation rental problem, which I tend to agree has gotten grossly out of hand."
 
Two of the added positions are specifically to handle the vacation rental issue: a public safety officer and a permit coordinator.  City Manager Eric King said increased revenue from 
 
City Manager Eric King said increased revenue from room and property taxes and building fees allows the city to make those hires. 

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