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BEND, OR -- Should Bend elect its Mayor instead of the position selected by current City Councilors? Should Councilors be paid more? These are some of the questions to be addressed at upcoming forums hosted by Bend 2030, the Chamber and City Club.


Erin Foote Morgan, with Bend 2030, says they are looking for public feedback. "Both Jim Clinton and Victor Chudowsky are two folks currently on the Council who feel this is a strong, important question for Bend. And then, our partners, the Chamber of Commerce and City Club have also coalesced around this being just one of the most important questions for Bend as we consider whether we have the right leadership to deal with population growth, our housing, transportation and livability issues."


She tells KBND News the forums are part of a long process. "The City Council has the option of creating a formal charter review committee and that's one of the things they could do next year, if they wanted to. Or, a community committee could be created to look at some of these questions. Ultimately, any charter review changes must go to a vote of the people in Bend."
Two forums are scheduled; the first on Tuesday, September 20, the second on November first. Both will be 5-7 p.m. at Central Oregon Collective, near the corner of Highway 20 and NE 27th Street. Click HERE for complete details. 

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