SUNRIVER, OR -- The Sunriver Service District met with Deschutes County Administrator Tom Anderson, Thursday, to discuss funneling some Transient Room Tax (TRT) dollars to the district. Currently, the district receives TRT funds indirectly, through the Central Oregon Visitors Association.
District representatives say they struggle to provide services, especially during the summer months when tourists flood the area. Board Chairman Mark Murray tells KBND News, "We did an analysis to see what those costs really are, and if they really are affected by increases in tourism; and they are. So, we put together a short proposal and discussed whether we wanted to make an ask of the county to see if they would be interested - amenable; agreeable to appropriate some of the Transient Room Tax dollars directly to the service district."
Murray says the district plans to officially ask the Deschutes County Budget Committee to share some of those TRT funds, later this month. "The primary source of our revenues is property taxes, but the growth in that source is limited. Given that, and the constraints we'll be up against in the future, we thought that we will be challenged to keep delivering the services that are needed out here."
He plans to ask for $150,000 in ongoing TRT funds and a one-time expenditure of $300,000 for a planned fire and police training facility.