Kitsap County News

Special Election ballots in the mail by Friday1/21/2019

​PORT ORCHARD – Ballots for the Feb. 12, 2019, Special Election will be mailed by Friday to voters residing within the Bremerton, Central Kitsap and Bainbridge Island School Districts. Bainbridge will also have a measure from the Fire Department.

Bainbridge voters will weigh in on a capital projects levy for the Bainbridge Island School District and an EMS levy for the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. The Bremerton School District is asking for a capital projects levy and Central Kitsap School District is requesting a school support levy. Approximately 87,000 registered voters will receive ballots.

An online Voters' Guide at provides information and arguments about the measures.

Twelve ballot drop boxes ( will be available 24 hours a day beginning Friday, Jan. 25 until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Feb. 12 to be counted. We recommend voters mailing ballots to mail them by Feb. 8. No postage is required this election.

Paul Andrews, Kitsap County Auditor, said voters curious about how ballots are processed are welcome to come watch the process in person. "Even Kitsap residents who do not live in a district with an election this time might appreciate watching the process step by step," he said.

Kitsap residents registered to vote who do not receive a ballot by Jan. 31, or who have a damaged or lost ballot, should request a replacement by contacting the County Elections Office via email at or by phone at 360.337.7128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Election Day, Feb. 12, the office will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents who are not currently registered in Washington have until 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 to register in person at the Kitsap County Auditor's Office at 619 Division Street in Port Orchard. Ballots for military members and overseas voters registered in Kitsap County were sent on Jan. 11.

Contact:  David Frisk, Elections Manager, 360.337.7130

Public survey launched to inform future policy for short-term vacation rentals in Kitsap County1/15/2019

​Kitsap County Commissioners are launching a new effort to gather public input and reach out to residents about how short-term vacation rentals benefit our communities and affect residential neighborhoods. A survey is open now through Feb. 28 and citizens are asked to share their experiences of staying in vacation rentals, living nearby rentals, serving as host or manager of a site, or as property owner of a vacation rental.

Click here to learn more and find a link to the online survey or go to the survey directly at

Short-term vacation rentals are popular alternatives to traditional lodging and hundreds have sprouted up in unincorporated areas of Kitsap County. Vacation rentals can fill the gaps left by a lack of hotels and inns, provide supplemental income to property owners and support tourism, which in turn, helps local communities. But the growth of these short-term accommodations has also raised safety concerns and led to impacts to neighbors including noise, disrespectful guests, parking and intrusions onto private shorelines.

This effort is underway to collect public opinion, hear directly from citizens and review current code before any new regulations are proposed. It is intended to inform policy on short-term rentals in ways that protect consumers, uphold building safety, and prevent adverse community impacts.

To take the survey, click here. Public meetings will be scheduled this winter and announced at a later date, along with other opportunities to provide comment. 

For more information on short-term vacation rental policy development and public outreach, to submit public comment, and to sign up to receive project updates automatically, visit the project website or contact Eric Baker in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-4495,



Project Connect fairs offer free community services to the public1/14/2019

Each year, Project Connect offers a free one-day, one-stop services fair for individuals and families who may be homeless, face the imminent risk of homelessness, or need access to community services. This month, Project Connect will take place at three different sites – one in each part of the county – to better reach more Kitsap residents.

Events are scheduled:  

  • Tuesday, January 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard
  • Wednesday, January 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., The Salvation Army, 832 6th Street, Bremerton
  • Thursday, January 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston

Last year, about 450 local, low-income and homeless residents attended the three Project Connect events. Over 50 organizations provided services including housing referrals, immunizations, eye exams, health screenings, rabies shots, sleeping bags, coats, haircuts, and more.  Each of the three 2019 Project Connect sites will have slightly different vendors, tailoring offerings to what is available to residents in that geographic area.  A hot lunch will be provided at each of the sites.

Project Connect is held in conjunction with the annual Point-in-Time Count survey of people experiencing homelessness, conducted by the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. Guests at Project Connect are asked to participate in the survey, which helps local and state leaders better understand community needs and homelessness trends. The results also influence state and local funding decisions.

Project Connect is coordinated by the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition, a network which includes homeless and affordable housing service providers as well as organizations serving homeless and low-income residents of our community.

For more information on Project Connect and available homeless and housing resources, please go to the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition website at To print the Project Connect flyer, click here.

Additional statistics and information about past Point-in-Time Counts and homelessness in Kitsap is available at


Local company to receives prestigious Hire-A-Vet Award12/13/2018

​Skookum Contract Services in Bremerton received recognition from the Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) for its proven track record of hiring veterans. Workforce professional and company leaders joined Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido to present the Hire-A-Vet award last month. ESD, a partner in the state WorkSource system, created the Hire-A-Vet Award as a way to call attention to unemployed veterans in Washington and recognize employers who hire, retain and celebrate veterans in their workforce.

Skookum Contract Services is a facilities management and logistics firm that employs 1,300 employees in 11 states, of which a third are veterans. In 2018, the company hired 33 veterans in Washington. Whenever they have a job opening, Skookum contacts WorkSource first to check for potential veteran candidates. The company also takes part in local hiring events and the state's YesVets program to promote the hiring of veterans.

The WorkSource partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies provides employment and training services to job seekers and employers. Last year, WorkSource helped 170,000 workers and nearly 5,600 Washington employers.  WorkSource Kitsap serves as a comprehensive center and is located at 1300 Sylvan Way, Bremerton with an affiliate site at Kitsap Community Resources, 3200 SE Rainshadow Court, Port Orchard. The Bremerton office has a team assisting veterans and employers who want to employ them.

For more information, drop by the office locations above, visit the WorkSource Kitsap website, or learn more about opportunities at, or contact the office at (360) 337-4810, To learn more about Skookum Contract Services, visit

Pictured below, from left to right: Aschlee Drescher, vice-chair of the Olympic Workforce Development Council; Margaret Hess, WorkSource Administrator for Kitsap, Clallam, and Jefferson counties; Adrian Allegra, WorkSource Kitsap local veteran employment representative: Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, who also serves on the Olympic Consortium Board; Skookum representatives Brenda Palomares (holding award), Sierra Hinrichsen, Ellen Reichart, Kelsey Kilen, Megan Mason-Todd, Kevin Broussard, Carolyn Day, Felix Vicino; and Nicole Brickman of the Olympic Workforce Development Executive Board.

Volunteers needed to survey those without homes next month in all Kitsap communities12/12/2018

​Each year throughout the state, counties conduct surveys that inform local, state and federal funders about the scope of homelessness and resources that will be needed. The Kitsap County Point-In-Time Count takes place January 22-25, 2019 and volunteer registration is open for those who can help collect information.  

Citizens from all walks of life are sought to assist the Kitsap County Department of Human Services and Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition with the survey. Positions range from finding those living without homes in many different situations and locations to surveying individuals and families who visit local service providers, food banks, shelters and community meal sites.

No experience is necessary; training will be provided. To learn more about positions available and to register as a volunteer, go to

For more information about the Kitsap County Point-In-Time Count, please contact Cory Derenburger of the Housing and Homelessness Program of the Kitsap County Department of Human Services at or (360) 337-7287.

Extended closure to Olympic View Transfer Station for critical repairs12/10/2018
Assessor's Office begins property inspections in Kingston, Hansville9/13/2018

Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor's Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout the greater Kingston and Hansville areas. Washington state law (RCW 84.40.025) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years. 

Current inspections should be completed by March 2019. If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with the resident or homeowner, please understand they are trying to verify the characteristics of the property to ensure the accuracy of data. 

Due to the high volume of inspections being conducted, appraisers are unable to accommodate appointments at this time.

Appraisers do not drive county-issued vehicles, however their vehicles are marked with county identification on both sides.  Other verification options are: request to see individual credentials; contact the Assessor's Office at (360) 337-7160; or check the inspection-area progress map at:

The Assessors' Office staff appreciates the public's cooperation. For more information, contact the Assessor's office at (360) 337-7160 or

Walk & Talk through North Kitsap with Commissioner Rob Gelder8/2/2018

Join Commissioner Rob Gelder to "Walk & Talk" as he traverses through North Kitsap communities to talk about topics that are important to residents. No reservations required!

"Walk & Talk"  sessions are scheduled the first Saturday of the month, beginning at 9:30 a.m. sharp at the following starting points:

August 4, 2018
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
September 1, 2018
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
No October Event
November 3, 2018
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
December 1, 2018
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
January 5, 2019
Bainbridge Island
BI Senior Center - 370 Brien Dr SE
February 2, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
No March Event
April 6, 2019
Keyport Mercantile - 15499 Washington Ave
May 4, 2019
General Store - 9175 NE Shore Dr
June 1, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
July 6, 2019
Suquamish Pier
August 3, 2019
Port Gamble
Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park parking lot
(main lot, west side of highway 104)
September 7, 2019
Hansgrill - 7532 NE Twin Spits Rd
October 5, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave
November 2, 2019
Coffee Oasis - 780 NE Iverson St
December 7, 2019
Kingston office - 26076 Illinois Ave

For more information, contact Commissioner Gelder at (360) 337-7080, Click here for a Walk & Talk flyer.

AARP awards community challenge grant to Homes for All project 7/23/2018

Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido is pleased to announce that Homes for All, which is planning a tiny house village in South Kitsap, is the recipient of an $11,153 AARP Livable Communities challenge grant. Funds will be used to renovate a donated 320-square-foot trailer into an ADA-compliant, shared kitchen facility to be located within the village. The trailer will provide the community with room for food storage, appliances, nutritious meal preparation, individual lockers for residents and a multi-purpose community room where they can have meals together, and participate in activities such as educational and wellness classes.

"I'm thrilled Homes for All is receiving this national recognition and support from AARP," said Commissioner Garrido. "These funds will allow us to begin renovation of the trailer immediately. Having a central gathering place for the village will be vital to building a sense of community and improving the confidence, health and well-being of the residents."

Homes for All is a countywide leadership coalition of government agencies, businesses, non-profit and faith-based organizations, partnering to provide affordable micro-houses that are a safe, secure and sanitary option for those who have no home. The Homes for All coalition's tiny house village in South Kitsap is a pilot "livability community" project that will provide housing, case management and care services for men, women, families and seniors. The village design incorporates 14 tiny homes as transitional, emergency or temporary housing for approximately 20 residents and will include shared open space for community activities.

The Homes for All grant is one of only 129 awarded nationwide, and one of two in Washington state. AARP is distributing $1.3 million to innovative projects that inspire change and positively impact the lives of residents of all ages. The grants help communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress.

"AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more livable communities nationwide," said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President of Community, State and National Affairs. "This year, we are proud to fund more projects in more communities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico."

For more information, visit the Homes for All website, call (360) 337-7287 or e-mail To learn more about AARP and the Community Challenge grant program, visit


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