Port cuts property tax 20%
Marissa Luck, November 22, 2016, The Daily News
Port of Longview commissioners passed a $40.3 million 2017 budget Tuesday that includes a 20 percent reduction in the agency’s unpopular property tax levy.
The levy will dip to 34 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, down from 43 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation in 2016. Port taxes for the owner of a $200,000 home will drop from $86 currently to $68 next year.
Commissioners cited a “healthy financial position” in their decision to cut taxes, the second time they’ve cut the levy this decade.
Port of Port Angeles rejects proposed tax increase
Jesse Major, November 18, 2016, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Angeles on Monday unanimously rejected a proposed property tax rate increase of 1.87 percent, which would have equated to a 74-cent increase in property taxes for the owner of property assessed at $200,000.
The current tax rate is roughly 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The tax increase would have provided about $27,000 more for the port.
Instead, the port agreed to bank 0.953 percent, which can be applied to future levies.
Port announces Willow Grove boat launch closures
November 23, 2016, The Daily News
The Willow Grove boat launch will be closed most of next week so a contractor can complete maintenance dredging of the boat basin.
Dredging will remove years of accumulated silt, which is making it difficult for boats to launch and return, especially at low tide.
Port renews lease with Corps of Engineers
Michele Smith, November 24, 2016, The Times
On Nov. 9, Port of Columbia commissioners, Port Manager Jennie Dickinson, and Rodney Huffman with the Walla Walla District US Army Corps of Engineers met to discuss renewal of the Port’s lease with the Corps on the Lyons Ferry facility.
“We have reviewed the document. It is pretty standard, with some attachments: maps showing the facility, the Port’s development plan for 25 years, an inventory and condition report, and an environmental assessment that was done,” said Dickinson.
Dickinson asked for an assurance from Huffman that the lease does not supersede the seasonal camping program at Lyons Ferry, and she asked to revisit the inventory and condition report regarding the condition of the breakwater and crib walls at the marina, which she said were in “fair” condition, rather than “good” condition.
Port of Poulsbo scales back breakwater repair
Nathan Pilling, November 28, 2016, Kitsap Sun
The Port of Poulsbo is scaling back plans to replace its aging marina breakwater after voters rejected an annexation issue.
Port commissioners considered several replacement and upgrade possibilities at a recent meeting and quickly zeroed in on one smaller option that would add a floating public access segment to the marina and either begin or defer repairs on the southern segment of the breakwater. At the lowest level, a cost estimate put the project’s price tag at $3.5 million.
Commissioner Mark DeSalvo said commissioners likely are looking at a $4 million-$5 million project over the $6 million-$8 million plan for which they had hoped. Alternatives that would have included immediate major repairs or a new fixed breakwater weren’t realistic because of higher costs, commissioners said.
Northwest Seaport Alliance grows cargo volumes in October
Ben Meyer, November 23, 2016, American Shipper
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), which comprises the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., handled 304,703 TEUs in October, a 3.2 percent increase from the previous year, according to figures from the port authority.
Through the first 10 months of 2016, total container throughput at NWSA stood at 2.96 million TEUs, down just 0.1 percent from the same 2015 period.
Loaded export container volumes are up 12.7 percent year-to-date at 802,343 TEUs, but exports of empty containers are down 26 percent from the first ten months of 2015.
Madi Clark: Regulatory grip too tight for proposed terminal
Madi Clark, November 23, 2016, The Spokesman-Review
Having spent harvest time in a farm truck, I know firsthand the importance of transportation to agriculture. Days of moving onions from the field to storage sheds made clear the importance of meeting agriculture’s infrastructure needs so our products can reach the market. Harvest time means long days hauling produce over bad roads, lines of trucks at crowded delivery sites and seemingly endless delays.
As residents of one of the most trade-dependent states in the nation, people in Washington are especially dependent on affordable, reliable and efficient transportation infrastructure to get our products to a world market. Trucking, barges, seaports and airports are all important, but when it comes to moving bulk goods, nothing can replace rail.