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Bend City Council Sends TRT Question to Voters

 

The Bend City Council held possibly the shortest meeting on record Wednesday night, when they convened to vote on the Transient Room Tax increase question.

 

Mayor Pro-Tem Jodie Barram said the conversation was thorough.

 

"We got done in less than an hour actually had a very robust conversation about taxes and this resolution in particular. And I’m happy to share that it passed 5-2, and so the issue will go on the November ballot for the voters to decide the issue of whether or not to raise the room in bend."

 

Barram said a lot of credit goes to the negotiating team made up of those in the hospitality and tourism industries and local businesses - that hammered out a reasonable proposal for the voters.

 

The proposal will raise the TRT's by 1% next June (2014) and then another 4-tenths  (0.4) of a percent the following June (2015) to pay for police and fire services and tourism marketing.

 

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