PENDLETON - The Umatilla County commissioners voiced their support Tuesday for funding of the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association.

The association, made up of 10 counties in Eastern Oregon, supports tourism in the region, said Leslie Carnes, executive director of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce.

In the past, Umatilla County has contributed $1,000 annually to the association.

Carnes, who also represents the county at the association, said the association receives 15 percent of the funds back from the 1 percent statewide lodging tax. She estimated the amount equals between $45,000 and $60,000.

The lodging tax was established to help support tourism in Oregon, and this year the state opted to return the money to local groups, she said.

The commission voted to give the money to the Eastern Oregon Visitors Association.

The commissioners also approved the purchase of three laptops for the Public Health Department's immunization database program and a laptop and power point presentation machine for the department.

The commissioners also agreed to contribute $17,860 to the city of Umatilla for the development of the Lewis and Clark trail from the county's bike and pedestrian funds.

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