I just learned that the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce is
hosting a forum on Silverdale Incorporation from 6 to 8 p.m. at the
Silverdale Beach Hotel.
The forum will feature two people for incorporation — from the
Citizens United for Silverdale group — and two people against the
effort. I’m not sure who both people against will be, but I was
told Jerry VanFossen, a 30-year Silverdale resident who lives off
Bucklin Hill Road, will for sure be one of the people on the
VanFossen has been against Silverdale incorporation every time
Again the meeting is Thursday (tomorrow) from 6 to 8 p.m. And it
sounds like both sides will take questions from the audience and
In Saturday’s Kitsap Sun I reported that the Citizens United for
Silverdale planned to submit their letter of intent to
incorporate Silverdale Monday or
Tuesday of this week.
It now sounds like the group is taking a little longer to get
the letter submitted. Group members assure me the letter is written
and notarized, it’s just the legal description that’s taking a
little longer to complete.
Committee member Marcus Hoffman said Friday afternoon that the
group was “still getting our legal description worked out.” Once
the description meets the group’s satisfaction, they’ll be ready to
submit it along with the notarized letter. Hoffman couldn’t say
when that might be, other than “it will be soon.”
The group has made a point of having all their ducks in a row,
for lack of a better cliche, before submitting the letter of intent
to the county. That’s because once the county accepts receipt of
the group’s intent to incorporate, the clock starts ticking.
They’ve got 30 days to go before the Boundary Review Board and show
how they envision the future city of Silverdale, including form of
government and boundaries.
Once the review board dose its thing — including hearing from
the public — the citizen group can decide if it wants to continue
with the effort based on any changes the board may require. From
there the county auditor gives the group information regarding the
number of registered voters within the proposed boundaries, and the
group then has 180 days to gather at least 10 percent of those
I also wanted to note that I saw many of the comments asking
about the tax base of the new city and what the impact would be to
the county if it lost Silverdale’s sales taxes. These are all
questions that will be answered at the March 29 meeting hosted by
the Citizens United for Silverdale group. The meeting is at 7 p.m.
at the Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Station 51 along Silverdale
Way (next to the post office). I’ll be reporting from that meeting
and will do my best to sum up people’s concerns and find