Letters to the Editor

Opposed to Port of Poulsbo annexation

I am writing to oppose the enlargement of the Port of Poulsbo boundary (Proposition 1 on the Feb. 11 ballot).

The proposed annexation more than doubles the size of the current port and includes an immediate tax increase of 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value of all annexed properties. The port did not engage the communities that would be affected by this expansion and only held one public meeting last week.

Proposition 1 is expected to generate $190,000, which the port commissioners said would be used to expand and upgrade port facilities, including docks for seaplanes and cruise ships.

Beyond the proposed tax assessment, port districts have broad powers as defined in Title 53 RCW. Among other things, the port can condemn properties, acquire, construct, install and improve sewer and water systems. They may also declare local improvement districts within port boundaries for development of water and sewer systems. If your property becomes part of a new local improvement district, you will pay an additional special tax assessment over a 10-year period to pay for these improvements.

Proposition 1 is a bad deal for property owners. I recommend a “no” vote on Port of Poulsbo Proposition 1.

David Ellingson
Poulsbo

Editor’s note: The Jan. 24 meeting was the third public meeting regarding the proposed annexation area. The Port Commission approved the boundaries on Sept. 25 at its regular meeting, and held a town hall forum at City Hall on Oct. 25.

 

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