Attend The Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, June 26 at 5pm at the Police Station on
15th Street by Pilot Butte
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Through the Tower Theatre, Les Schwab Amphitheatre and numerous festivals and concerts in
Now Bend has an opportunity to prosper from our cultural capital with a proposal by the Tourism, Arts and Public Safety Initiative who have asked the Bend City Council to place a measure on the November 2013 ballot that would ask voters to increase Bend’s Transient Room Tax (TRT) rate by 2 percent, a change from the current rate of 9 to a new rate of 11 percent.
The majority of the funds raised will go to promoting tourism in
The unique part of the proposal is particularly exciting to the local arts community whereby about $200,000 raised from this initiative will create a Cultural Trust Fund that will enhance Bend’s economy by establishing a long-term source of public funding for the arts. Cultural tourism projects such as film, art and music festivals and distinctive museum and visual exhibitions can be funded that will draw tourists to
Just imagine the possibilities that the local art scene could do with this creative prospect.
To be true the lodging industry is not in complete agreement about this visitor tax increase. However many lodging operators embrace the proposal to help bring more tourists to
These statements are misleading as people don’t base their trips on the local tax (
The initiative is a tremendous opportunity to set the stage for our cultural treasures while improving the local economy.
Attend Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, June 26 at 5pm at the Police Station on
Another public hearing will be held on the transit room tax increase proposal on July 10, 7pm at
I encourage you to add your name to the list of supporters by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For details on the proposal: www.bendTAPS.com.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol (1928-87 American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art)