Port of Port Angeles approves 2024 budget

$14.196M in capital projects scheduled

PORT ANGELES — The Port of Port Angeles has unanimously approved its 2024 budget and a tax levy increase that will raise $1.774 million.

Total operating revenues are budgeted at $11.196 million, or about 5 percent above the 2023 budget, and total operating expenses are budgeted at $9.577 million, or about 10 percent more than the 2023 budget.

The capital budget of $6.420 million will be funded through grants, the tax levy collection, operating funds and port reserves.

The port has a total of $14.196 million in capital projects scheduled for next year. More than half of the funding — $7.776 million — will come from grants.

The biggest project and a priority for the port is development of the Marina Trades Center on the site of the former Peninsula Plywood/KPly mill.

A $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce will fund most of the infrastructure for what the port sees as an important revenue generator in the future.

In increasing the amount of property tax collected by the port by 1 percent, commissioners agreed to the maximum amount allowed by state law. Homeowners will pay 11 cents per $1,000 of their property’s assessed value, and as Commissioner Colleen McAleer pointed out before the board took action on Tuesday, they will pay less than they did in 2023.

“Even with the increase of 1 percent, the actual amount that a homeowner would pay toward port taxes goes down,” McAleer said. “A $300,000 Port Angeles home would go from $33.84 last year to this year $33.07 — a reduction of 71 cents.”

Commissioner Connie Beauvais, who was elected to a third term as commissioner in the Nov. 7 general election, said this was the first time in seven years she would vote for a levy increase.

“I have always thought that the port should be able to support itself and its maintenance projects with revenue it brings in through leasing ground and buildings and services it provides to customers and tenants,” said Beauvais, reading from a written statement.

“The port is aggressively moving forward with projects to further grow prosperity wage job,” Beauvais said. “I’ve said I would not go to increase the tax levy rate by even 1 percent unless we had a new project that would justify taking a few more dollars from the taxpayers. The time has come for me to vote ‘aye’.”

Commissioners made relatively few substantive revisions during the review process, which began when Director of Finance and Administration John Nutter introduced the draft 2024 capital budget on Sept. 19 and then the draft 2024 operating budget on Oct. 17.

Budget and levy hearings held on Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 solicited little response from the public.

At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners received a report from Bruce Beckett, its lobbyist in Olympia, that looked ahead to the short 60-day legislative session that starts Jan. 8 and ends March 7.

The port has identified among its priorities resolving and funding a stormwater project at the intermodal handling and transfer facility (formerly the log yard); seeking ways to transition William R. Fairchild International Airport from avgas (aviation fuel) to lead-free fuel and reintroducing scheduled air service; and continuing to support the timber and wood products industries.


Reporter Paula Hunt can be reached at paula.hunt@peninsuladailynews.com.

More in News

Rich Foutch of Active Construction, Inc., in Tacoma paints a line on the roadway at the new roundabout at Kearney Street and state Highway 20 for the placement of temporary stripes in a pedestrian crosswalk on Monday in Port Townsend. The temperatures have to be in the mid-50s to install permanent striping, he said. (Steve Mullensky/for Peninsula Daily News)
Roundabout striping

Rich Foutch of Active Construction, Inc., in Tacoma paints a line on… Continue reading

Proposal to rename Sequim road put on hold

Rotary, city to consider other options to honor local Olympian

Researcher: Managed forests needed to fight climate change

Wood products can replace existing fossil fuel-based materials

Jefferson County updates fee schedules

Environmental Public Health up 6 percent

The downtown Port Angeles Christmas tree is surrounded by people during a lighting ceremony on Saturday at First and Lincoln streets. The 30-foot tree will stand at the Conrad Dyar Memorial Fountain plaza through the holidays. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Lit up for the holidays

The downtown Port Angeles Christmas tree is surrounded by people during a… Continue reading

Community Aid seeks support for Toys for Sequim Kids

Nonprofit helps hundreds of children with Christmas presents

Planned electrical outage in Forks on Thursday

A planned power outage in Forks will affect electric service… Continue reading

Nordland man dies of injuries from Nov. 14 wreck

A second person involved in a two-car collision on Nov.… Continue reading

Santa Claus, portrayed by Stephen Rosales of Sequim, waves to the crowd after his arrival by vintage fire truck at Centennial Place in downtown Sequim on Saturday, part of the city’s Hometown Holidays celebration. Santa, accompanied by Irrigation Festival royalty, greeted children next to the city’s Christmas tree in an event that also featured music by the Sequim City Band and a lighted tractor parade. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Holiday tradition

Santa Claus, portrayed by Stephen Rosales of Sequim, waves to the crowd… Continue reading

District 3 chief pick bows out

Fire officials could resume search in ’24

Clallam considers law enforcement pact with Makah

The Clallam County commissioners will consider a contract with… Continue reading