PORT TOWNSEND: Council surprised by City Hall restoration cost estimate

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PORT TOWNSEND — The Jefferson County Historical Society told the City Council last November it would ask for at least $300,000 for the City Hall restoration.

But several City Council members expressed surprise earlier this week when they read a progress report that stated the society would need 20 percent of the $5 million to $6 million restoration project to come from local supporters, including the government.

“I was shocked by this report,”‘ Councilman Allen Frank said. “As I flipped through this, I said we need to talk about this right now. Originally, I was led to believe the city’s involvement was the $92,000 we provided for the architects and fund-raising analysis. I don’t recall any discussion of contributions.

Frank said any significant government contribution would have to be approved by in a public vote.

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