Developers of the proposed Thornburgh Resort near Eagle Crest and Cline Buttes ended their plan to purchase 400 acres of state land. But according to developer Kameron DeLashmutt, the decision has no effect on the future of the project, which he says will continue to move forward as designed.

Liane O’Neill, communications officer with the Department of State Lands, confirmed the application was pulled on Friday.

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This really isn’t a news article. It’s a barely-disguised press release from the developer. One tell—the suggestion that this development will bring “millions” into police and fire dept budgets.

That might be the case if the hotel occupancy fee was general fund revenue and could be used by local governments however they see fit. Instead, the lion’s share is used for further tourism promotion—yikes.

Bend/Deschutes County need “home rule” to set their own tourist tax rates and determine how those revenues are used.

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