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  1. In footnote 3 of your financial comparison worksheet, you acknowledge that Port Orchard is not within the Kitsap Regional Library taxing district.

    This means that the KRL property tax levy is not collected from Port Orchard city residents.

    The city pays KRL under an agreement between the city and KRL, but that city payment is made from city revenue, not from a separate library property tax paid by city residents.

    So, the amount shown as a library district tax to be paid by “McWoods” residents after annexing into Port Orchard needs to be erased from your worksheet.

  2. Interesting information for McCormick Woods residents and taxpayers. How will Port Orchard annexing McCormick Woods affect the taxes for the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County, ie. those of us in South Kitsap rural areas? Will our taxes go up to make up the County losses? Things like the KRL, fire district, Sheriff, etc. Everyone seems to worry about how the poor City of Port Orchard will fair, or how will the highly planned development of McCormick Woods survive without the County. Please include the voters, taxpayers, property and homeowners of the unincorporated areas in the discussions. We have a vested interest in this procedure also.
    Roger Gay
    South Kitsap

  3. Is the $90. storm water utility figure depend on annexation? In other words, is it more for Port Orchard City households if the annexation doesn’t go through?

  4. Sharon – I don’t think the annexation will influence the amount of the SW fee. I will attend a work study of the city council Tuesday where they will discuss SW fees, with coverage to follow. Chris

    Bob – You’re right about the way City residents pay into the library (as compared to other Kitsap residents), but in their comparison, the city of PO broke the library amount out of the city tax. Here’s treasurer Kris Tompkins on the matter. Chris

    “Chris,

    There was two ways we could have shown the Library on our comparison.
    The way we did it was to convey that the City of Port Orchard pays the
    same milage rate to the Library that they receive from all the other
    County residents. Hence the footnote number 3.

    The other way would have been to show the total ($565.16 + 98.07) of
    $663.23 on the City of Port Orchard line. So if you erase the $98.07
    from the sheet, it must move up to the next line. There would be no
    change in the bottom line totals.

    Bob’s paragraph “The city pays KRL under an agreement between the city
    and KRL, but that city payment is made from city revenue, not from a
    separate library property tax paid by city residents” is correct. But
    it does come out of the amount of property taxes we collect.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you have more questions.

    Kris”

  5. Roger – Here’s the response to your question from Kitsap County assessor Jim Avery. Sound like the effect on county residents would be negligible. Chris

    Roger asked, “How will Port Orchard annexing McCormick Woods affect the taxes for the unincorporated areas of Kitsap County, ie. those of us in South Kitsap rural areas? Will our taxes go up to make up the County losses?”

    Jim Avery said:

    “The answer to Roger Gay’s question is that the only impact would be to the county road fund. Annexation to the City of PO will cause the total assessed value in the County Road District ($20,773,992,162) to be reduced by about $328M. This will cause the road fund levy rate to increase by about 1.57%. Without the McCormick assessed value the road fund levy rate would increase by about $.01789/$1000. The owner of a $300,000 home would pay $5.37 more in county road district tax following annexation.”

  6. Thanks for the clarification on the library tax, Chris. The way it is displayed in the worksheet led me to believe that it is what the worksheet shows it as — the same tax everyone else pays to KRL. I didn’t guess that they had deducted that KRL amount from the amount shown as the tax paid to the city. So, if I had guessed — and double-checked their figure for the city tax to see if my guess was correct — I suppose I would have instead pointed out that footnote 3 ought to tell people how they chose to display the city’s tax in two places, one of which might otherwise look like a tax levied by the KRL and paid by residents to KRL.

  7. Thank you for the information, Chris. It’s a good question. If the city doesn’t grow by 25%, are the current city residents liable for a larger portion of the stormwater utility fee? How does possible annexation affect the people who don’t get to vote on it? It might equal the amount of the school levy increase for a 125,000. home. It seems pertinent.

    I appreciate the forum you provide for discussion.

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