Bend will now use tourism money to fix roads

The Bend City Council has heard residents’ concerns and decided to take money from tourism marketing — about $350,000 — and instead use it to fix Bend’s crumbling streets as soon as this July. For nearly 15 years, about 35 percent of the money earned from city hotel taxes has been used to market Bend to new tourists, something many residents aren’t happy about because the city struggles to come up with enough money to fix potholes and build new roads. On Wednesday, city councilors voted to reduce the amount of money that goes to tourism marketing by 4 percent, which could instead be used for city services such as police, fire and street repairs.

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Source: Bend Bulletin

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