The Port of Port Angeles was created by voters in 1918 to be the “job-creating engine’ for the county. All the most valuable waterfront property was GIVEN to the port by taxpayers. All the infrastructure owned by the port was paid for by local taxpayers. Presently the port is a $100,000,000.00 corporation. Still it cannot turn a profit without continually going back to the taxpayers for ever more funding.
Despite their history of undervaluing leases and boat slips, and other should-be revenue-producing strategies they maintain a business plan benefiting very few businesses and go back to taxpayers instead of setting rents at market rates.
It is reported the port stands to lose $2,000,000.00 from a Department of Commerce grant because they will not charge market prices for their leases. At least two current or former port employees have jumped ship to work for undervalued lease-holders.
The Port of Port Angeles has perfected their business model of socializing costs, putting them on the backs of taxpayers, and privatizing profits going to the 8 entities contracting for log yard services at the Port of Port Angeles.
All those log moving machines down on the waterfront off Marine Drive, all five million dollars worth of them, all are provided to these 8 businessmen by the taxpayers of Clallam County.
All those employees moving logs around on the waterfront, except for the independent truck drivers, they are taxpayer-paid employees of the Port.
The upcoming five million dollar water treatment plant planned on the waterfront will be paid for by taxpayers.
Why is it needed?
Because all those log trucks coming down on the waterfront spew zinc and copper from their wheel brake dust. Presently the log trucks bring a batch of logs in and unload on the waterfront where they are stored until a big ship comes in to take the logs to China. Later, when the ship arrives the log trucks must come in again and move the logs a few hundred yards to the loading pier. This plan necessitates twice as much truck activity on the water front as is necessary to carry out the business.
This business model doubles the wear and tear on city streets adjacent to the log yard but city taxpayers pay for that too.
Soon the Port Commissioners will roll out their plan to dredge the harbor so bigger ships with deeper hulls can come in and take even more of our children’s resources away to build better lives in China. Taxpayers will pay for that too.
Let’s keep in mind, none of those logs stacked on the waterfront and at the “International Airport” create any revenue for the junior taxing districts such as: schools, parks, libraries, hospitals, etc.
All these profits go to 8 businesses while taxpayers cover the costs.
So, lets tally.
Water treatment plant, which would not be needed if logs were stored elsewhere…………………… $5,000.000.00
Dredging the harbor so bigger ships can haul away more of our resources……………………………..$1,000.000.00
Number of people benefiting from Port log yard business plan…………………………………………..8
Number of people paying for port log yard business plan……………………………………………. 79,000 (county residents)
How long can this go on?