The results of Bend 2030's April Transportation Forum are in. The first revelation is unsurprising: People want more from their transportation systems and infrastructure. But the follow-up is less anticipated: They are willing to pay for it.
When presented with four different entities—the community at large, local governments, transit riders, and private industry—the 175 attendees showed a clear preference for having the community at large carry the burden of funding public transit. When the Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council surveyed the public in 2013, support for a transit property tax was in the low 40 percent.
Forum attendees were most supportive of a gas tax, a tourism-related tax such as on food and beverage, and a studded tire fee to generate funding. A property tax was the fourth most-suggested option, but with considerably less support that the first three ideas.