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Port of PA won't take property tax increase, will impose hiked moorage fees

October 29th, 2013 - 5:51am

(Port Angeles) The Port of Port Angeles will not increase property taxes one percent next year as allowed under state law.

Commissioners yesterday vote 2-1 not to impose the increase.

Commissioner Paul McHugh, who leaves the commission at the end of the year, was the lone vote in favor of the increase.

But commissioners will move ahead with increases for moorage at the Port Angeles Boat Haven and John Wayne Marina. Both marinas will see a one point six percent rate increase based on the consumer price index. Linear footage increases will also go in place for the Boat Haven.

Commissioners heard from concerned boat owners yesterday about the move. They asked commissioners to take no action on the increase until a new Port board and executive director are seated and rethink comparing Port Angeles rates with Seattle.

But port officials say they may be faced in the near future with some unexpected costs related to the Boat Haven. The port held off on the increases last year.

For those mooring at the Boat Haven, boats over 20 feet in length will see rates next year based on linear footage that are 85 percent of the average of the 20 marinas surveyed around Puget Sound.

Boats larger than 60 feet will see rates the largest jump at nearly a dollar per linear foot.

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