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The City of Bend has referred for voters’ consideration a $190 million General Obligation (GO) bond measure, which if passed, would provide funds for traffic flow, east-west connections, and neighborhood safety improvement projects citywide. See the complete list of projects with the map below. The bond measure will appear on the May 19, 2020, Primary Election ballot.

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The proposed bond-funded projects were identified by Bend City Council after a two-year process with the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee that considered projects that would assist people who drive, ride bikes and walk. Projects closely match the priorities cited in public opinion research. Priorities include: Reed Market Road, US 97/Parkway, 3rd Street, east-west connections and safe access to schools, parks and jobs.

The bonds would be repaid by an annual assessment on real property, estimated to cost property owners an average of 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value each year of the repayment period. The owner of a home with a real market value of $415,000 and assessed value of $220,000 (Bend’s citywide average) is estimated to pay approximately $170 per year.

The City Council has adopted a resolution to establish a citizen bond oversight committee, if the bond measure passes, to track and report to the community on project expenses, schedule, and progress and benchmarks.


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Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • What measure has been referred to the voters? When?

  • How much would it cost taxpayers, if passed? (Who would pay?)

  • Would the proposed bond measure require a vote?

  • Which projects would be funded, if the measure passes?

  • How were the proposed projects identified?

  • If the measure passes, would a portion of the bond funds complement other funding sources, such as federal, state, or private?

  • If the measure passes when could the projects be constructed? Would the City be able to complete all of these projects?

  • Did Bend look at other transportation funding options?

  • Why was the bond measure referred to the ballot?

  • What if the bond measure does not pass?

  • If the measure passes would the bond funds help Bend provide for road maintenance? Could the bond funds provide for snow removal?

  • How are federal, state and local taxes currently used?

  • How were funds used from the previous transportation bond measure?

  • How would bond funds be overseen if the measure passes?


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