Oak Harbor City Council prepares priorities list for reps

Oak Harbor leaders want lawmakers in Olympia to support applications for state funding of the city’s new sewage treatment plant.

The item topped the list in the City Council’s annual legislative priorities, which will be presented to state Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton and Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island.

For the first time, the list of 14 items is broken into “highest priorities” and “moderate priorities,” City Administrator Larry Cort said during a council workshop Tuesday.

At the top of the list is the request that the legislators support and promote state funding for the estimated $93.5-million plant “to relieve a portion of the burden on local ratepayers.”

The other high priority requests are as follows:

-Retention of CAPRON transportation funds, which refunds a portion of gas taxes collected in Island and San Juan counties back to local governments because these counties have fewer state highways.

-Reinstatement of the public works trust fund program, which offers low-interest loans to local governments for public-works projects.

-Support for state funding of local government efforts to update comprehensive plans by 2016, as mandated by the state.

-Support for new laws to limit local government financial burdens caused by unreasonable public records requests.


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