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Phone: 360.337.4598


December 5, 2005
Contact: Jennifer Forbes, Prosecutor's Office, Civil Division
Office Phone: 360-337-7243
No. 05-29

County Settles Kass Funeral Home Lawsuit

PORT ORCHARD, WA—Kitsap County has settled a Complaint for Monetary Damages and Land Use Petition with Kass Funeral Home Inc. for $85,000. The Settlement Agreement and Release of Claims releases the county from all complaints and petitions in the matter now pending in Pierce County Superior Court. The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners is expected to ratify the agreement at their regular meeting on December 12.

The settlement is intended to help mitigate Kass Funeral Home, Inc.’s costs for purchase, development, and reconstruction of a property on West G Street in Bremerton for a proposed crematory. The agreement was designed strictly for the purposes of compromising disputed claims and avoiding the expenses and risks of litigation. It is not an admission of liability or wrongdoing on the part of any party.

The Kasses’ plan to build a crematory originally came to light in the fall of 2004, when Navy Yard City residents, Bremerton School District and the City of Bremerton opposed locating a crematory in the mostly residential West Bremerton neighborhood. While zoning for the property allows for a funeral home as a permitted use, a crematory was not a permitted use.

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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014