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  1. Chris, when you suggest that more people might go to the meetings and that they can see the agenda online, I think you miss the fact that the port commissioners avoided giving the public any hint that would have made them think there was a reason to go to their meetings last year.

    Pasted below is the comment I posted yesterday on the “letters to the editor” blog in response to this letter. (Perhaps Jim will find it and post it soon.)

    It is obvious that the port could have used their press releases to let us all know, and could have used plain English in their agenda so that anyone looking at it would know the meeting’s topics would be important. But they didn’t.

    Previewing your Comment

    The action by the commissioners of the Port of Bremerton — increasing the port’s total property tax levy to two and a half times what it was in 2006 — has been discussed in this blog.

    This is not a tax increase which requires approval by the voters for the first 6 years. If the port intends to extend it beyond 6 years and enough signatures are gathered in opposition to such an extension to force a vote, then there could be a vote.

    The lack of notice to the public is what bothers me. Sure, as today’s article indicates, the port probably did do the absolute least it was legally required to do in order to notify us. But, if you read this previous comment and this one, too, you will get an idea of how little was done to let us know what they intended to do.

    It’s too late now to try to persuade the commissioners, and that’s almost certainly why they tried their best not to tip anyone off to the coming tax increase.

    It’s something to remember when the time comes to elect port commissioners. I hope there is at least one opponent to the incumbents, since I would vote for a worthless, egg-sucking yellow dog before I would vote to re-elect any of the incumbents.

    It’s also something to note for the future. If the port commissioners intend to collect this tax for longer than 6 years, I’m sure they will publish the minimally sufficient legally required notice — and not one thing more — if we don’t have some different people as port commissioners by then.
    Posted by: Bob Meadows | March 4, 2007 11:38 AM

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