The public input was gathered last fall during two events hosted by Bend 2030, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and City Club of Central Oregon. The results show that the majority of participants in the forums favor changing the city’s charter to allow for an elected mayor and wards.
Several councilors said they were supportive of taking a fresh look at the City’s Charter, but weren’t sure they have the time to devote to the issue given the many other pressing issues in the City.
Here’s a round up of local media reports covering the issue this week:
Charter Review- The Bulletin, Feb. 1, 2017. “Bend is still running itself like a small town rather than the city that it is.”
Bend City Council Looks at Charter Review. The Bend Radio Group, Feb. 2, 2017. “The last charter review was done 22 years ago and most of the council agreed it is something the voters should have a say on.”
Charter Review, Move Bend Coalition KBND Morning Interview, Feb. 2, 2017: “Almost everybody that came to those forums felt that we could use some changes to our city government structure.”
To see the full charter review report presented to Council at its Feb. 1 meeting, go to the City’s website and click to view video of the meeting.