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The Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners on Tuesday decided not to collect property taxes for the 22nd year.

The commission passed a resolution to increase the port’s tax levy capacity and a resolution not to collect property taxes in 2019.

Mindy Heuer, port finance manager, said the commission has to approve an increase in tax levy capacity annually so it could levy a tax in the future. However, the port hasn’t collected property taxes since 1996.

In other business, commissioners granted the Cowlitz PUD a right of way easement to move power poles and lines to the perimeter of a property at the Spencer Creek Business Park. The work is part of ongoing road and utility improvements at the 70-acre park.

Eric Yakovich, business development manager, said the work should be completed this month. The project was approved during the last commission meeting, he said.

The commissioners also received updates on several port projects.

Environmental manager Tabitha Reeder told the commission that the Kalama City Council has approved the port’s application for a substantial shoreline development permit. The port is working to build a T-barge dock for commercial boats just outside its marina. Construction is set to begin in January.

Yakovich also updated the commissioners on construction of the port’s amphitheater at Marine Park. He said the walls are up and crews will be working on surrounding sidewalks this week. The project should be completed Nov. 15.

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