Central Oregon officials are increasingly turning to travelers to finance tourism campaigns.
KTVZ reports Deschutes County is following Bend’s example by proposing a room tax increase on the November ballot.
The county is seeking a 1 percent increase. Officials anticipate that would generate 500-thousand dollars annually. The county last raised its room tax in 1987.
The money would mostly go toward marketing efforts for the county fairgrounds and expo center.
In November, Bend voters will decide on a similar tax hike on tourists. It’s aimed at raising more dollars for police, fire and tourism services.