PENDLETON — Pendleton City Council after a public hearing at its 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday voted to approve an extension on a hotel bed tax that funds Travel Pendleton and the Convention Center.

The vote approved an ordinance drafted by City Manager Robb Corbett by order of the council’s June 19 vote to extend TPAC’s sunset date to December 31, 2017. Under its original design, the tax would have ended on December 31, 2014. There was no public discussion on the issue.

The extension allowed work to expand the Convention Center to continue.

The Convention Center collects $80,000 yearly from TPAC, said Executive Director Pat Kennedy. TPAC’s budget, which was $200,541 for the 2010 to 2011 fiscal year, is fueled by a $1.50 per person hotel charge and 50 cent motorhome space charge in the city.

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