Every year the Port of Kalama commission is required to declare whether it will levy property taxes on residents living in the Port district. Once again, the port has elected to pass on collecting property taxes from local residents. The good news for tax district residents? The port continues to maintain all long-term economic development projects and facilities enjoyed by the general public with existing revenue and no new taxes.
Simply put, a local resident owning a $150,000 home saves around $50 a year thanks to that decision. Why? Decades of careful strategic planning and foresight by numerous Port of Kalama commissions have enabled the Port to fulfill its mission based on its current business operations. Long-term decisions like developing the marine terminals and the Kalama River Industrial Park impact the local economy, local jobs and local development. All for the good of the entire community.
Regional residents are beneficiaries of the significant capital investment of the businesses here at the Port of Kalama. Revenue from wharves and industrial leases enable the Port to fulfill its mission of inducing capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to continue creating jobs here locally while enhancing public recreational opportunities. Thanks to port businesses, we are able to continue our commitment to serving the public with parks, wharf facilities, walking paths and a unique destination for locals and tourists alike.