Two of the arguments for voting for the hotel tax truly make me wary.

One is that the tax will finally have Bend’s tax be at the level of some other cities. Shame on us for letting our taxing level fall behind any place else! But there is a reason for having lower prices: It’s called “competitive advantage.” It is likely that more people will visit Bend if it costs them less to do so.

The other argument is that — finally — visitors will be paying their “fair share.” These visitors spend their money here and keep our economy going. That is their fair share.

Jerry Egge