OCTOBER 18, 2016

BUDGET/FINANCES

Port of Poulsbo looking to expand tax base

Nathan Pilling, October 14, 2017, Kitsap Sun

Port of Poulsbo commissioners are calling the district’s proposal to expand its boundaries an attempt to make the its tax burden fair and to finance planned improvements at the port-owned marina. Voters within the proposed expansion area will see the issue on their ballot for the Nov. 8 election.

In the proposed annexation area, which includes 2,262 residences, the average household would see a tax increase of about $74 annually, according to port commissioners. The expansion would bring in about $115,000 in additional annual revenue to the port.

At a town hall meeting about the annexation Thursday night, port commissioners classified the annexation proposal as an attempt to extend the taxing district to those who benefit from the port. The district’s boundaries would be expanded to roughly match Polulsbo city limits and urban growth area boundaries. The expansion would also add some county parcels.

Read more here:  http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local/port-of-poulsbo-looking-to-expand-tax-base-3edae84f-848b-1f83-e053-0100007fc61a-397162401.html

 

LAND USE

West Richland’s new plant turns wine (waste) into water

Wendy Culverwell, October 15, 2017, Tri-City Herald

Treating wastewater from wineries isn’t the sexiest step in the journey from vineyard to bottle to wine glass.

Ditto for bottling, shipping and the myriad other activities involved with producing Washington’s celebrated vintages.

It’s no secret Washington’s wine star is on the rise — wine grape production topped 210,000 tons in 2013; when the 2016 harvest is recorded, it’s expected to be twice what it was a decade ago.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article108530437.html

 

MARINAS

Fishing for energy adds new port in Washington to support marine debris collection efforts

October 14, 2016, PR Newswire

The Fishing for Energy partnership, an innovative public-private effort that protects marine wildlife from becoming trapped in lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear, today announced that it is partnering with the Port of Grays Harbor’s Westport Marina to recycle an estimated 1,050 crab pots and other marine debris.

Efforts to collect the unwanted gear have already begun as part of a project managed by The Nature Conservancy and the Quinault Indian Nation. A new Fishing for Energy collection bin has been placed at the Westport Marina in Westport, Washington.

“Fishermen in Westport will now have a convenient place to get rid of their old gear so it doesn’t end up in our waters,” said Congressman Derek Kilmer, 6th District,Washington.

“In the process, they are helping generate power for the Pacific Northwest. This partnership shows that our region is leading the way in showing we can protect our coasts while creating new energy opportunities.”

Read more here:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/fishing-for-energy-adds-new-port-in-washington-to-support-marine-debris-collection-efforts-300345312.html

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