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Council Holds Off on Tourism Vote OK

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A controversial vote over the city's room tax rate WILL NOT be put to voters in May, the Bend City Council decided Wednesday night.

The council had been considering asking voters to decide whether the city's room taxes should be increased from 9 to 11 percent. Visitors pay an additional 1 percent state lodging tax on top of Bend's rate.

The increase in taxes would result in about $600,000 more annually for Visit Bend, a tourism marketing group that currently receives about $1 million in revenues from the city's transient room taxes. Over 10 years, the increase is expected to provide Visit Bend with an additional $7.7 million.

The increase would also bring in about $250,000 for the city, which would spend the money on police, fire and road needs.

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