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Envision Bend asked the city of Bend Monday for $80,000 to help find out what people in Bend think their community should be doing and identify ways to get there.

The request doesn’t fit neatly within the city’s goals, but it’s not like it’s outside the city’s goals, either.

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Transitory Inflation

'The challenge is really that Envision Bend can’t promise the city that the feedback it gets from the community will match up with the city’s goals.'

Assuming the inquiries are reasonable for local governance, seems fine. If they go on a tangent about national energy policy, then yeah, a waste of local money.

Smedley Doright

Which consulting firm / friend of the City Council will get the money? Sure, it doesn't pay "SALARY" but a visioning project will have plenty of fingers in the pie. This is an important question but we all assume it will go unanswered as the city hands off $80k ADDITIONAL taxpayer money.


Print the budget of Envision Bend if you are asking for the public's money. Show the investor/partner contributions and the governing rules, their website doesn't, or at least not in an easy-to-find way. Otherwise it seems like another big business lobbying organization looking out for realtors, developers and those that depend on them.

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