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A Better Local Stimulus Plan

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It has been reported that this City Council recently forgave the collective total of a five-figure debt to six corporations. As I understand, these monies were legally owed for the privilege of doing business in our town. These were monies owed to a city in the middle of financial crisis, a city that is in danger of falling in on itself because our local businesses cannot afford to hire new employees. Except six hotels.

When I first heard about the closed-door executive session that prevented the details of the so-called "secret hotel deal" to be disclosed to the residents of Bend, I was angry.

When in negotiation of a debt, both parties compromise. We know what the hotels got. What did the people of Bend get? When do the rest of us get to pass GO?

Then it hit me. The genius of it. Of course our city council would not give a tax-break to a few corporations and not offer something similar to the rest of the tax-paying businesses and property owners of Bend. So, if I am not being too presumptuous, I would like to suggest to the Council a few ideas on Stage Two of what I call the Bend City Tax-Relief Stimulus Plan.

ONE: Let's really make Bend business friendly: Eliminate the $50 registration fee. What do local businesses get for the fee? Nothing.

TWO: Offer local businesses a Credit equal to up to one third of their debt in exchange for their promise to hire at least one new employee. The Credit will be paid instead to the new employee.
THREE: Offer local property owners a CREDIT equal to up to a third of their debt, in exchange for their promise to spend the money at Bend City businesses. The Credit will be paid toward their property bill.
Thank you for your consideration, and your service."

- Ron (Rondo) Boozell, Bend

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