May 16 City Club of Central Oregon Forum – IS THERE A METHOD TO THE MADNESS?


Taxes, Spending and Understanding The Price Of Government.  Come hear the Bend Chamber of Commerce’ Leadership Bend as they report on their Comprehensive Tax Matrix.

  • ·      We have already approved tax increases for the first few projects that came in the door.
  • ·      Will the community eventually say STOP to another increase?
  • ·      Have we done a good job prioritizing the funding?
  • · Did we pay for the most essential services first?

As local entities rely more and more on tax measures, bond requests, and other votes for increased funding, it is possible there will come a time when we hit a tipping point and voters “just vote no.”

In late 2012, the members of Leadership Bend Class of 2013 developed a class project that would educate the public on how current taxes are determined and how they impact current taxpayers.  A large part of the final project is to build an awareness of the current conditions and it’s affect on the median taxpayer in Deschutes County and to build a proactive dialogue now and in the near future.

The class has developed information related to what the median tax-payer in the city of Bend currently pays in Federal, State and Local taxes. It has further broken down the sources of tax measures, the lifespan of the tax and the impact of projected future taxes. This data will be used in future Leadership Bend classes to take the next steps that will provide more detail of State and Federal taxation and couple that to programs and needs at the local level.

The final project was not designed to develop “answers” to the many complex issues that will arise from this project.  The project’s primary outcome will be the questions that arise to start a dialogue to address the many issues ranging from priority of government services funded to education funding levels.

Learn how far your taxes go! Join the 2013 Leadership Bend Class at a special City Club presentation on May 16.


  • Brady Fuller (CH2M Hill)
  • Shon Rae (First Story)
  • Brent Irwin (Spectrum Building & Restoration)
  • Trygve Bolken (Bend Research)
  • Dana James (Bend resident)

Moderator: David Blair

Response Panel:

  • Finance Director Sonja Andrews, City of Bend
  • Assessor Scot Langton, Deschutes County
  • Finance Director Lindsay Lombard, Bend Metro Parks and Recreation District

When?  May 16, 11:30am-1:00pm, at St. Charles: To register please visit or call 541-633-7163.  Early Registration (closes Tuesday, May 14) is only $20 for members and first-time attendees, $35 for non-members.  Walk-ins are welcomed the day of the forum on a space-available basis for $35.  Buffet lunch is included.

About City Club of Central Oregon

City Club is a monthly forum, hosting speakers who inspire respectful, productive dialogue and offer diverse perspectives to encourage positive change in Central Oregon.


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