Correction 8/10: This blog post incorrectly said the port’s levy
collection rate per $1,000 of assessed property value has remained
the same throughout its history. The port has never in its
decades-long history sought a lid lift beyond annual increases
allowed by law. But the collection rate has changed as the total
value of assessed property has changed. The rate for 2009 is 14
cents per $1,000.
Port of Manchester to Hold Hearing on Proposed Taxing
Public opinion sought, although matter is not subject to a
By Chris Henry
The Port of Manchester will hold a public hearing on Monday on a
proposal to create a taxing district, called an Industrial
within the Manchester Village
Commercial Zone that would apply to all residents within port
district boundaries. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Manchester
The port would use revenue from the IDD to purchase property and
had been considering a ballot measure for a levy lid lift.
The current levy rate of
just over 14 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value has never
been adjusted since it was established decades ago, The
port has never in its decades-long history sought a lid lift beyond
annual increases allowed by law, said Alan Fletcher, port
Instead of the levy lid lift, the port’s board of commissioners
chose to pursue an IDD, which would allow them to raise the levy
rate up to 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for a period of up
to six years. Forming an IDD does not require a vote.
Port commissioners estimate the amount they would need to collect
from property owners for the proposed land purchase would be
between 20 to 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed value above the
current levy rate for a period of six years. Collection would start
The port will use money from the IDD to promote its goal of
furthering recreational opportunities and economic development in
Manchester. One potential use for the land to be purchased is to
expand the library and add facilities that could be used for
recreation and meeting space.
Although a vote is not needed to form an IDD, port commissioners
want to hear from the public about the proposal, said Fletcher. The
port wants to avoid the debacle incurred by the Port of Bremerton,
when that port’s board of commissioners formed a six-year IDD for
taxes collected beginning in 2007 to rebuild and expand its marina.
The action was not well publicized in advance and came as a
surprise to many who ended up paying the tax.
IDD’s are powerful, said Fletcher, but they are temporary and
limited in that the money cannot be used for ongoing
Besides purchasing land, the port will use a portion of IDD revenue
to retire its share of debt on property it recently purchased to
expand parking at the marina. The total cost, $650,000, was 75
percent funded through a grant from the state’s Recreation
Conservation Office. The port must provide 25 percent in matching
funds or in-kind services such as volunteer labor. Revenue from the
IDD special levy would allow the port to pay off the 25 percent
Written testimony on the proposed IDD can be delivered before the
hearing to Contract Administrator Alan Fletcher, Port of
Manchester, Box 304, Manchester, WA 98353; (360) 871-0500.