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PORT TALK
PORT OF LONGVIEW NEWSLETTER

Port Maintenance crews lay concrete as part of stormwater/wastewater containment upgrades at Berth 7.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT IN PORT = ECONOMIC PROSPERITY

Doug has been with the Port for over three decades.
With Commission Board President

DOUG AVERETT
BACKGROUND: Before being elected to the Board of
Commissioners in 2017, Doug had served nearly 30 years
working for the Port of Longview. Doug was first hired
as an Engineering Technician, then became a Terminal
Superintendent and finally Director of Terminal Operations.
Doug’s long history with the Port has given him valuable
insights on the ways the organization benefits our community.

Why do I pay Port taxes? It’s a great question, and one we’re
asked frequently. Combined with operating profits and grants,
your tax dollars are directly invested in the infrastructure that
creates economic prosperity within our community.

and cost effectively meet growing environmental requirements
and customer needs. Speed and savings are important to
prospective customers who are choosing among multiple ports
to ship their cargo through.

As a publicly–owned entity, you own more than 830 acres of
land, docks, buildings and equipment requiring maintenance
and expansion to meet business and cargo handling demands.
Managing these assets is a monumental task, which pays
dividends in the form of jobs, revenue to local business and
taxes generated for public services.

Over the last several years the Port’s Board of Commissioners
has significantly reduced tax collection – by nearly 50%. While
the Port does collect just over $2 million in taxes, that investment
generates $5.2 million back for schools, roads and public services,
1 in 10 local jobs and $444 million for local businesses.

For example, the Port is in the middle of a $3 million-dollar, multiyear project to expand the dock containment area at berths 6
and 7. By doubling the area in which the Port can contain and
treat water runoff from cargo operations, we can more efficiently

PORT MAXIMIZES FACILITIES
FOR ECONOMIC BENEFITS

Q: If the Port continues to be profitable, and is having
consecutive record-breaking revenue years, why is it
necessary to collect taxes?

In keeping with the Port’s Strategic Plan, this year’s budget
priorities are carefully considered to ensure the best return
on our investments and your tax dollars, all for the continued
economic benefit of our communities. Below are just a few:

A: “Revenue is often confused with profit. The port industry
uses revenue as a way to gauge business success overall,
but it certainly doesn’t equate to profit. Once the Port’s
expenses are paid, only a fraction of that money remains.
And, what is remaining, goes right back into rail lines,
equipment and maintaining existing infrastructure.”

PORT TAXES
AT A GLANCE
Port of Seattle
Port of Tacoma
Port of Vancouver
Port of Olympia
Port of Everett
Port of Grays Harbor
Port of Longview

Cents/
$1,000

Total
Collected

$0.16
$0.18
$0.22
$0.19
$0.29
$0.42
$0.26

$72 M
$18.6 M
$9.9 M
$6.2 M
$4.7 M
$2.5 M
$2.1 M

The Berth 4 Revitalization Project is entering a new phase.

> Based on 2018 budgets

HOW YOUR TAX DOLLARS ARE INVESTED AT THE PORT OF LONGVIEW
TRANSPORTATION
INFRASTRUCTURE

Upgrades to our existing rail
infrastructure are critical to
making the Port an attractive
option for our customers.

5/19

Your investment in infrastructure, like increasing containment,
means your Port can handle a wider variety of cargoes. It means
attracting more economic benefits that strengthens our local
economy and our community.

EQUIPMENT

The purchase of equipment,
such as excavators, fleet
vehicles, sweepers and lift
trucks all help keep Port
operations running smoothly.

FACILITIES

Maintaining and upgrading
our existing facilities
(like the Berth 6/7
containment upgrade
project) is key to the Port
staying competitive.

•

INDUSTRIAL RAIL CORRIDOR (IRC) EXPANSION: The Port is
moving forward with the IRC expansion project which will
allow larger volumes of cargo to move freely to and from
our facility without interruptions to the community.

•

BERTH 4 REVITALIZATION: The Port is embarking on next
steps toward revamping Berth 4 by completing a vehicle
and rail transportation analysis this year. The results of the
analysis will help determine next steps in the development
of the berth, as well as the IRC expansion project.

COMMISSION MEETINGS
Regular meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday
of every month at 10:00 am and are open to the public.
Meeting times are subject to change.
For more information, visit portoflongview.com

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