Barricades mark one of many roadwork projects undertaken in recent months in the central Oregon city of Bend. (City of Bend website photo)
BEND – The city of Bend must reallocate roughly $1.6 million to go toward tourism-related purposes after the Oregon Court of Appeals sided with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association in a lawsuit regarding the spending of lodging taxes.
The decision represents a loss, but also provides Bend with an opportunity to invest more in tourism-related facilities, according to the city.
In 2017, the City Council passed an ordinance that lowered the total percentage of transient room tax revenue earmarked for tourism promotion, from 35.4% to 31.2%. The rest was directed to the city’s general fund, which pays for police, fire and roads.
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