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Public Hearings on fees and 2019-21 budget
The City will hold a public hearing on proposed fee changes at 7 p.m. on June 19 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 710 NW Wall Street, Bend. The proposed fee changes will be effective July 1, 2019.
At a work session earlier in June, Council got this presentation about the 2019-20 proposed fees and charges for 2019-20 . These fees are part of the proposed 2019-21 budget. The budget will be considered for approval at the June 19 City Council meeting.
Increases include System Development Charges, ambulance charges (the phase-in of fee increases approved by Council in 2017), utility revenue increases (stormwater 3 percent, water 1 percent and sewer 6 percent), and building and planning development fees, 3 percent.
The proposed fee changes are attached to the June 19 City Council meeting agenda.
Fees help support Bend City Council’s goals, which fall into four categories:
1-Economic Vitality: Housing, Jobs, Managing Growth
Strategies increase opportunities for additional housing and land for higher wage employment opportunities. Council has advocated for permitting 3,000 housing units over the biennium.
2-Transportation & Infrastructure
Perhaps the most significant impact on the proposed budget is additional funding dedicated to transportation projects that reflect community priorities.
3-Public Health & Safety
Strategies aim to preserve current, successful service levels and response times, address crime, increase support for mental health issues and homelessness and build a wildfire resiliency plan
4-Effective & Efficient City Operations
City-wide Internal Services account for 10 percent of the total budget which is a decrease compared to 11 percent in the current 2017-2019 biennium.
To implement the goals and invest in transportation, this two-year, $873 million budget reflects a 5 percent increase in revenues for the first year and a 4 percent increase for the second. Additional revenues are anticipated from increases in city-wide tax assessed property value as well as the rates and fees that are subject to the public hearing on June 19.
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