Port of Everett boundary, tax district expansion measure to be on ballots

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EVERETT — The County Council on March 12 unanimously went with a request from the Port of Everett to place a measure on this August’s ballot. The measure would ask voters who live outside the port’s boundaries to annex themselves into the port’s tax district.
If approved, the port would enlarge its boundaries and taxing ability to across almost all of the county.
The port uses its tax levy earnings to fund environmental restoration, public access and debt service.
“This is the first time in 106 years that Snohomish County residents will get to vote on the scale and scope of their Port,” Port of Everett Executive Director/CEO Lisa Lefeber said in a Port press release. “Snohomish County has changed dramatically in this time, so it will be good to give the new generation a voice in the matter.”
     The Port notes it is one of the largest in the state that does not have boundaries covering the whole county.