Belfair Bypass shows up in tax revenue package

Among the list of projects that would be funded by a $8.4 billion, 12-year tax revenue package approved by the House Tuesday is the long-awaited Belfair Bypass. It would get $63 million.

There are no Kitsap County projects, but money for ferries would benefit the county. Washington State Ferries would receive $611 million for operating/capital maintenance and preservation. It would also get $84 million for debt service on a third 144-car ferry.

The revised Connecting Washington package is $1.4 billion less than the original proposal released earlier this session. The changes will be offered as an amendment to the existing revenue package. A revenue package would have to be passed by two-thirds of the House and Senate or by a majority of the public.