AROUND OREGON: Court rules against Bend using hotel dollars to fix roads

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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