By Joseph Ditzler

The Bulletin

The city of Bend has collected $883,400 in state and local taxes on marijuana sales since January 2016, according to the city Finance Department and the Oregon Revenue Department.

Bend received the most in marijuana sales taxes of any Central Oregon local government, thus far, according to the state and city. Deschutes County received $442,646 as its share of the state sales tax.

Jefferson County received $46,700 for the period between January 2016 and July 1. Because it prohibits marijuana businesses in unincorporated areas, the county did not afterward qualify for a share of state sales tax, according to the Revenue Department. Prior to July 1, the state distributed state sales taxes to all counties according to population size.

Madras, the county seat, collected a total $25,730 in state sales tax for the period between January 2016 and December. In addition, Madras, so far, has brought in $11,341 in local marijuana sales taxes, a total $37,071, wrote Kristal Hughes, city finance director, in an email.

“To date, the marijuana tax revenues have been allocated to the general fund, specifically to support the Madras Police Department,” she wrote.

The state collects a 17 percent tax; cities and counties may collect up to 3 percent. The state first distributed tax revenue in October, followed by another pay-out in December for taxes collected after July 1, when the rules for tax distribution changed.

From the state, Deschutes County received $76,991 in December and $365,655 in October. No marijuana retailers are established in the county, so it does not collect a local sales tax. The county’s share is a drop in its $42.33 million general fund, which is part of $356.17 million in revenues budgeted for 2018, according to the county Finance Department.

“We haven’t made a determination on how that money will be spent, but we expect the board (of commissioners) will have a policy discussion in the near future,” county spokeswoman Whitney Hale said Thursday.

Bend also poured the $883,400 it received to date, which includes its share of state sales taxes, $343,700, and $539,700 from its own sales tax, into its general fund, wrote Melissa Bradley, a Bend senior budget and financial analyst. That $96.7 million general fund is dedicated to specific purposes such as police and code enforcement.

The city budget for the 2017-19 biennium estimates more than $368 million in total revenues.

La Pine received the least share of state sales tax, $8,560, in Central Oregon, according to the Revenue Department. A message left at city hall seeking information on local sales taxes Thursday was not returned.

— Reporter: 541-617-7815,