Port Orchard, Washington

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Port Orchard is a city in Washington.

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Last rated March 19, 2012

The good

  • Contact information is available for elected and administrative officials.[1][2]
  • Meeting agendas and videos are posted, but minutes are not available.[3]
  • Budgets and audits are provided.[4]
  • Public records information and request form posted.[5]
  • Building permits and zoning information is provided.[6]

The bad

  • No information regarding contracts, lobbying, or local taxes.

Lobbying

Main article: Washington government sector lobbying

The Port Orchard city council hired the lobbying firm of Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs to represent the city in Olympia in late 2010. The city will pay the firm $20,000 for work done between Nov. 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011. Another $5,000 will be available for lobbying during the second half of 2011.[7]

As far as Port Orchard's legislative priorities, the city has several items on its agenda. It is asking for a change in term limits for planning commission members: the current limit is six years, while elected officials serve for four years.[7] The city wants to have both limits be four years. The city also wants to amend state laws regarding measurement of inner harbor lines so that it doesn't have to continue paying a lease to the state Department of Natural Resources for land on its waterfront that was filled decades ago.[7] Port Orchard also would like Olympia to allow cities its size to choose a newspaper of record every two or three years instead of every year to save the city time and money.[7]

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