Bend Chamber What’s Brewing: City & County Address recap

By Rachael Rees van den Berg - Posted June 24, 2016

From economic development and public safety opportunities, to infrastructure and environment challenges, the audience at the Bend Chamber What’s Brewing: City & Country Address had a multitude of takeaways on June 7.

“The Bend Chamber believes it’s our civic responsibility to provide an educational update on the state of our city and county,” said Bend Chamber Senior Vice President of Programs and Events Robin Rogers about the special event sponsored by Mid Oregon Credit Union. “Both municipalities have a large impact on our quality of life, so it’s important for the community as a whole, to have access to these leaders.”

The panel consisted of Bend City Councilor Sally Russell, Bend City Manager Eric King and Deschutes County Commissioners Tammy Baney, Alan Unger and Tony DeBone.

Russell kicked off the conversation in the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, asking questions to the audience about what issues about the City were on their minds, and, how much did they think a city councilor earned each month.

“We all live within the world of constraints: state rules, politics, dollars and often the world we live in really requires compromise,” Russell said. “So sometimes that has to do with the funds that are available to us and there are lots of hard choices that we have to make.”

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Bend Chamber board opposes IP28

The board of the Bend Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously June 21st to issue a statement confirming its opposition to Initiative Petition 28 (IP28), a proposal for a $6 billion tax increase per biennium that will be on the November ballot, the largest in the history of the state of Oregon. “The Bend Chamber board expressed its concern that businesses would be forced to pay the tax regardless of whether they make a large or small profit, or no profit at all.” said Bend Chamber Board Director Jeff Robberson. “The board is worried that increased costs to our small businesses under this huge new tax would potentially force hundreds of local businesses to raise prices, cut jobs or both. This is a tax on gross receipts not net profits.” READ MORE...
 

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