The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners will receive comments on proposed disposal fee increases at the Olympic View Transfer Station (OVTS) and the three Recycling and Garbage Facilities (RAGFs). A Public Hearing on March 26th is scheduled during their regular business meeting beginning at 5:30 pm.
In 2017 the County's Solid Waste Division completed a cost-of-service study. The proposed fees will cover the total costs of operations and maintenance of the facilities. As continuous growth of our community results in increased service demands, these fees will also support capital improvements to increase efficiency, improve customer service, and enhance customer and worker safety.
"The impact to most Kitsap residents is expected to be very small", says Pat Campbell, manager of the Solid Waste Division. "For example, Waste Management estimates that for unincorporated Kitsap County, a curbside collection customer with weekly pick-up of one 32-gallon can of garbage, which includes every-other-week collection of recyclables, will see only a 25-cent per month increase on their bill."
More information, including a complete list of proposed fees, is available online (kcowa.us/wastefees). Copies of the draft resolutions are available online. For further information, contact Kitsap1 at 360.337.5777, or send email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Contact Pat Campbell, Program Manager, 360.337.5777 or by email.
Constituents of Kitsap County Commissioner Ed Wolfe now have an opportunity to meet with him in Silverdale - without an appointment - during First Friday Listening Sessions in Old Town Silverdale every month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Monica's Waterfront Bakery & Café, 3472 NW Byron St. The first session will be April 6.
The time and location allow for those in Central Kitsap to drop by over the lunch hour to share concerns and ideas or just engage in lively conversation.
Other First Friday Listening Sessions are scheduled May 4 and June 1. The July session will be cancelled because of its proximity to the Fourth of July but meetings resume Aug. 3.
For more information, contact Angie Silva in the Commissioners' Office at (360) 337-7080, email@example.com.
The new bridge and improved roadway on West Kingston Road are now scheduled to open April 30. The major construction project is replacing a five-foot diameter culvert with a 150-foot, two-span bridge that will restore full tidal exchange in the upper reaches of the Carpenter Creek estuary.
Kitsap County Public Works has been working closely with the contractor to evaluate remaining work to be completed and secured a commitment to finish construction by the end of April. The roadway will open sooner if traffic is able to move safely and effectively through the area.
"We apologize for the further disruptions this project has caused the community, especially to the students and staff at the schools and our local emergency responders," said Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder. "Our goal is for the work to be done and done well. We place a huge amount of trust in our contractors to deliver on time. I'm personally disappointed that the timeline has slipped again. "
The contractual required completion date is March 19, but the contractor will not meet it. As a result, the County will assess liquidated damages of $3,081 per working day until construction is complete. The original contract schedule was based on the complexity of the work and its environmentally sensitive area, as well as the 'fish window' – dates when in-water work is restricted.
"Every project has challenges, but this project has been exceptional," said Tina Nelson, senior manager for Kitsap County Public Works. "We're disappointed they are unable to complete the work in the time frame provided. Once work is complete, we'll conduct a thorough review of the delay. Our priority now is getting the bridge completed and the roadway open."
Although the bridge approach slabs and new roadway are not yet complete, the new bridge structure is in place, allowing the estuarial flow to return to a natural state. New lighting, resurfacing and expanded pedestrian and bike lanes will improve safety along the road.
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Kilmer: "Timber communities and communities with large federal land ownership deserve certainty that they'll get a fair deal from Congress."
WASHINGTON, DC—This week, Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) and a bipartisan group of federal and county-level officials from across the country told Congress to protect funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Payment in Lieu of Taxes programs. These two federal programs help local governments in rural timber communities and areas with large federal land ownership offset tax revenue lost because of the presence of federal forests and other nontaxable federal lands.
"Timber communities and communities with large federal land ownership deserve certainty that they'll get a fair deal from Congress," Rep. Derek Kilmer said. "Secure Rural Schools and Payment In Lieu of Taxes programs provide that certainty and help create opportunities in communities. Counties use these funds for vital services like investing in job-creating infrastructure, hiring police officers and attracting great teachers for the region's kids."
In regions that are home to federal forests and other large areas of federal lands, tax revenue to fund the vital services people rely on is tied to timber receipts. When harvest levels decline, so does the revenue available to local governments, but the need for services is constant. For more than 100 years, the federal government has helped local communities manage these unique financial pressures. Unfortunately, this assistance has declined since the Secure Rural Schools program expired in 2015. Kilmer is a cosponsor of H.R. 2340 that would retroactively reauthorize the program for an additional two years in order to restore the payments. He's also working to develop a permanent fix for this challenge.
Kitsap County Commissioner (District 1) Robert Gelder advocated for the funding with Kilmer at the event. "Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and Secure Rural Schools (SRS) are vital sources of funding for counties with vast quantities of federal timberlands. I so appreciate Congress Kilmer's support of our communities. Many counties' infrastructure depends on this compensation program, without which they are unable to support rural economic development."
In Clallam County approximately 48 percent of the land is either part of Olympic National Park or set aside by the U. S. Forest Service. The county receives approximately $900,000 through SRS and PILT.
For those reasons Clallam County Commissioner Randy Johnson (District 2) has also advocated for the protection of SRS and PILT. "If we lose this revenue, we have an ugly hole in our budget. The county would have the difficult choice of what services to cut—the sheriff, roads, or a host of other undesirable choices," he said.
A bipartisan group of federal and local lawmakers represented the Pacific Northwest. In addition to Kilmer, United States Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representatives Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) joined more than 50 local government leaders from across the country at the event.
Full audio and video of the press conference for rebroadcast is available here.
Photos of the event are available here.
Kitsap County invites you to a community open house to learn about the Draft Feasibility Study underway for a 6-7 mile shared-use trail connecting SR 104 in Port Gamble to Stottlemeyer Road NE. This shared-use trail is part of the Sound to Olympics Trail concept connecting the Hood Canal Bridge, Kingston, Poulsbo, and Bainbridge Island.
Port Gamble Trail Draft Feasibility Study Open House
Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30-8:00 p.m.Village Green Community Center26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston, WA
During the open house, County staff will provide an overview of the Draft Feasibility Study, share work study materials, and take public comments. All interested parties are invited to attend. The Draft Feasibility Study identifies a preferred trail alignment and documents environmental concerns, design and constructability, operational constraints, and estimated costs associated with constructing a trail. If built, the bicycle and pedestrian trail will provide a non-motorized corridor connecting locations within northern Kitsap County.To learn about the project and to view the draft report (report available by March 14, 2018) go to http://bit.ly/portgambletrail. For more information, contact David Forte, Transportation Planning, Kitsap County Public Works at Kitsap 1, 360.337.5777 or by email to Help@kitsap1.com.
The Kitsap County Parks Department continues to forge community partnerships to stretch limited resources, while improving facilities, sharing maintenance and expanding use. On Feb. 12, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with the Central Kitsap School District to allow the district to make significant upgrades to two of the four athletic fields, known as Lobe Fields #2 and #3, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and complete improvements to the six adjacent tennis courts.
"Both Central Kitsap Schools and Kitsap County serve the same taxpayers and this partnership shows that working together is cost effective and maximizes resources to provide amenities like playing fields for residents now and into the future," said Commissioner Ed Wolfe. "It's a cooperative effort that is good for the community and a win-win for Central Kitsap families."
As part of the agreement, the school district will take over administrative duties of scheduling, reserving and collecting usage fees for the fields, which remain open for public use outside of school athletic activities.
"The Lobe Fields project is an example of community partners combining resources for the benefit of the public," said Jim Dunwiddie, Kitsap County Parks Department Director. "The Parks Department recognizes the importance of partnerships, whether it be with a school district, the Kitsap Public Facilities District, a non-profit park stewardship group, or neighboring park district, to provide improved facilities that as sole agencies, we could not achieve."
The agreement follows an interlocal agreement the county signed with the school district in 2016 to upgrade an athletic field serving Klahowya Secondary School, built on county parkland within Newberry Hill Heritage Park. Since then, the district moved forward with planning for the significant improvements to the two Lobe Fields that are near its Olympic High School.
The school district is paying for and managing the replacement of grass with synthetic turf that requires little maintenance, no watering and provides a usable year-round surface. The district will also improve dugouts, bull pens and access to the fields.
"I can't wait to see kids playing ball on these fields all year — even after soggy spring rains," said Central Kitsap School District Superintendent David McVicker. "I'm grateful for our community's support. That support is allowing us to give our students and community the schools and athletic facilities they deserve."
The county has had interlocal agreements with the school district, going back to 1976, with the intent to ensure the athletic facilities are available to both the schools and community. The school district cleared permitting hurdles the end of January and is moving forward with the improvements, which coincide with the district's major capital projects including modernization to several schools and the replacement of Central Kitsap High and Middle schools.
"I'm excited that we continue to create partnerships, particularly interlocally with other public agencies," Commissioner Wolfe commented.
(Port Orchard, WA) Treasurer Meredith Green reports that the annual tax statements and letters were mailed on February 12, 2018. County-wide, most taxpayers will see a property tax increase, due to legislation passed last session that increased the state levy 55%. Read Treasurer Green's letter online. The letter provides detailed information and several links to additional data about your tax statement.
There is a new tool, the interactive "Tax Distribution" webpage, available on the County's web page. "This provides residents with a way to search for their property address and learn about taxes for that particular property, and see how those taxes changed over the years," said Green.
"Property owners can verify the accuracy of their property information using the Parcel Details app on the web," added County Assessor Phil Cook. Another new tool offered by the Assessor's office is the Sales Trends tool. "The Kitsap County housing market remains strong. This helps property owners follow the market," Cook added. Other questions about property tax assessments can be answered on the "Education Outreach" page of the Assessor's website.
For questions regarding your property tax bill, contact the Treasurer's office at www.kitsapgov.com/treas or 360-337-7135. For questions regarding the assessed value of your property, contact the Assessor's office at www.kitsapgov.com/assr or 360-337-7160.
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(Port Orchard, WA) - Help celebrate the 24th year of the Kitsap Water Festival by volunteering. The festival takes place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The annual Water Festival hosts up to 1,200 third and fourth grade students from across the county. Students learn the importance of protecting precious water resources and practical ways to implement water quality measures at home.
Volunteers help with games, activities and setup and breakdown of the festival. In return, volunteers get to work outside, have fun, and are provided breakfast snacks, lunch and an official Kitsap Water Festival t-shirt.
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To register as a volunteer, go to:
If you have questions, contact Kimberly Jones at
The festival is sponsored by Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division, West Sound Utility District, Silverdale Water District, Kitsap Public Utility District, Parametrix, Kitsap Public Health District, City of Bremerton Public Works and Utilities, and City of Bainbridge Island.
Contact: Kimberly Jones,
Environmental Health Specialist, Kitsap Public Health,
After the success of the state's Family Caregiver Support Program, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services received a demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand support services in Kitsap County for individuals and caregivers.
The grant allows for the creation of new programs that will preserve and promote choices for long-term care support services; family support for the well-being of those caring for loved ones; and allow for the delay or avoidance of the need for more intensive Medicaid-funded, long-term support services, when possible.
In addition to the local Family Caregiver Support Program, there are new, expanded services for those in Kitsap who do not live in a residential facility. No copayment is required for the services and the programs do not impose estate recovery. There are higher income and asset limits for eligibility, compared to the traditional Medicaid Long-Term Care program.
The Medicaid Alternative Care program allows people age 55 and older, who need help with activities of daily living and are currently eligible for certain Medicaid programs, to transition to services that support their informal, adult caregiver.
The Tailored Services for Adults program is for people age 55 and older, not currently eligible for Medicaid, who need help with activities of daily living. The program can either support someone's informal, adult caregiver or provide services directly to an individual without a caregiver.
Contact the Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care office at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418 to learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits available, and the application process, or stop by local offices of the Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care in the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. Suite 105, Port Orchard, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information on these programs go to https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/stakeholders/medicaid-transformation-project-demonstration .
Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout the greater Poulsbo/Suquamish area. Washington State Law (RCW 84.40.025) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years. The current inspections should be completed by April 2018.If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with you, please understand that they are trying to verify the characteristics of your property to ensure the accuracy of our data. Due to the high volume of inspections our appraisers are conducting, we are unable to accommodate appointments at this time. Our appraisers do not drive county issued vehicles, however their vehicles are marked with the proper county identification on both sides. Other verification options are to request to see individual credentials, contact our office at 360-337-7160, or check our inspection area progress map on our website at: www.kitsapgov.com/assr. The cooperation of the public is always appreciated by our staff. We look forward to working with you and answering your questions.
Applications are now open for volunteers dedicated to helping others who want to support the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office while improving the quality of life for citizens. The Citizens On Patrol program offers the opportunity to interact with the community, enforce handicap parking regulations, help with boat inspections, conduct security/vacation checks on homes and be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.
Volunteers are also trained to assist with traffic control, mark and process abandoned vehicles on county right-of-way, and perform junk vehicle VIN inspections. COPs work in teams of two. Training, uniforms and vehicles are provided.
Volunteers must be able to pass extensive criminal and credit background checks including a polygraph exam, have an excellent driving record and commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month and two-hour monthly training sessions and meetings for at least a year. Those working full time or serving on active military duty may find it difficult to meet these time commitments.
For information on this and other volunteer opportunities and to apply to the Citizens On Patrol program, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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