The March 25, 2016 edition of The Bulletin on page 1 includes an article on fixing Bend’s roads. Bend residents have been told for months that there is no additional money outside of the $1.8 million already budgeted this year to do the repairs and that over $80 million was needed due to deferred maintenance. This was the argument the city council made when they authorized $70,000 to be spent on this month’s special election to vote on the 5 cent a gallon gas tax. Now that city residents overwhelmingly defeated the gas tax in the special election, the city council has “found” $5.2 million dollars through utilizing reserves and tax revenue which exceeded projections. Although $5.2 million is just a drop in the bucket on the $80 million needed, it is almost 3 times what the Bend City Council originally budgeted. Do you think the council will be able to locate even more money through reevaluating what they are spending in other city departments?
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