BEND, OR -- In the wake of the resounding defeat of the proposed gas tax, Bend City Councilors will tackle the issue of funding road maintenance at its annual finance retreat April 13. Mayor Jim Clinton tells KBND News it’s back to the drawing board. “So now we need to go back and squeeze additional money out of the existing budget in order to devote more to fixing streets.”
Mayor Clinton says the finance retreat will primarily focus on streets funding. “We’ll hear from the finance department and they will project how revenues are looking in terms of room taxes, in terms of franchise fees, and in terms of the general money that comes in from property taxes.”
Based on what the Council hears, it will look for ways to adjust the city’s budget to find more money to maintain Bend’s roads.