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BEND, OREGON -- The last Deschutes County Commissioners meeting was held to discuss the details about the Urban Renewal Project. Commissioner Tony Debone expressed his views on the current tax increment finance plan with KBND and stated that he’s worried about the huge state budget deficit. While property values in many parts of the country are declining, residential and commercial property values in Central Oregon remain strong. DeBone says he’s not opposed to the Urban Renewal Project, but he’d like to see it be a smaller ask. He feels that thirty years from now, people question what we were thinking. The county budget was decreased earlier this year deliberately in preparation for the possibility of a recession due to COVID. DeBone says that people want to move and be in rural areas more so now since the pandemic started. He hopes that Central Oregon can continue to work together and stay organized to keep our economy thriving.

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