County commissioner Bill Elfering is making a tough call and saying no more economic and community development money from Oregon's lottery will be given to small local groups to help promote their events. The money can be better spent, he said.

According to the East Oregonian newspaper, the $300,000 received annually is supposed to be invested in projects that will create jobs for the area. Previously more than two-thirds were spent supporting local groups like the Girl Scouts, museums, charity auctions, parades, events in the park, etc.

Economic development is a major concern and priority for Umatilla, Hermiston, Pendleton, Milton-Freewater and surrounding towns. The money must be spent differently, he said.

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