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Public listening session Feb. 27 on Puget Sound regional growth strategies, impacts, actions2/28/2018

The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public input on the scope for the VISION 2050 plan and State Environmental Policy Act environmental analysis. A listening session is scheduled in Kitsap County from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St., Bremerton. Other sessions will be held this month in Seattle, Fife and Lynwood. The plan scoping notice is available online for review and public comment is open through March 19, 2018.

What important regional issues should be the focus of the update? How should the region's growth strategy be updated to plan for 2050?  What impacts and actions should be evaluated through environmental review? Input from communities, along with cities, counties, tribes, other agencies and interest groups around Public Sound, will help shape the plan. PSRC's Growth Management Policy Board will review comments submitted and is expected to adopt a project scope in spring 2018.

"This is an important first step in the update of a document that has the potential to shape Kitsap County's future," said Commissioner Rob Gelder, chair of the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners. "I would encourage residents to learn more and add their voice."

The region is preparing for growth in the coming decades - about 1.8 million more people and 1.2 million more jobs by 2050. VISION 2050 will build on the region's existing plan to keep the central Puget Sound region healthy and vibrant as it grows and consider updated information and perspectives about a changing region. The plan will identify the challenges the region should tackle together and renew the vision for the next 30 years.

VISION helps coordinate local growth and transportation plans developed by cities and counties to ensure consistency with the Growth Management Act and regional transportation plans. It is an integrated, long-range vision for the future that lays out a strategy for maintaining a sustainable region - promoting the well-being of people and communities, economic vitality, and a healthy environment.

PSRC develops policies and coordinates decisions about regional growth, transportation and economic development planning within Kitsap, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The council is composed of over 80 jurisdictions, including all four counties, cities and towns, ports, state and local transportation agencies and tribal governments within the region.

More information on the plan update is available on the project website, by e-mail at VISION2050@psrc.org or call (206)464-7090. Comments  may also be submitted to Erika Harris at VISION2050@psrc.org; mailed to ATTN: VISION 2050 Comment, 1011 Western Ave., Ste. 500, Seattle, WA 98104; faxed to (206)587-4825; or in person at one of the scheduled Listening Sessions or the March 1 PSRC Growth Management Policy Board meeting.

An ADA reader-accessible version of the scoping notice is available here.

Public input sought on planning for homeless housing2/20/2018

The Kitsap County Housing and Homelessness Division and the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition are updating the Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan for 2018.  There are several ways community members can provide input.

All Kitsap residents and service providers are encouraged to take a brief Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan Update Survey (click on the link or go to http://tiny.cc/KitsapHHP2018) about what kinds of homeless housing solutions should be the focus during the next several years.  More than one person per organization or household may submit a survey.  The deadline for submitting surveys is Friday, March 2. As a point of reference, the current Kitsap Homeless Housing Plan, updated in 2016, is available here.

Kitsap residents and service providers are also invited to participate in a community meeting on the homeless housing plan update from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 12 in the council chambers of the Norm Dicks Government Center, 235 6th St., Bremerton. Information will be provided about homelessness in Kitsap County, including a progress report on the current plan and opportunities to have questions answered and provide input on what to include in the 2018 update.

For more information, contact Kirsten Jewell, Housing and Homelessness Program Coordinator with the Kitsap County Department of Human Services, (360) 337-7286, kjewell@co.kitsap.wa.us or visit the Housing and Homelessness webpage here.

 

Tax statements are in the mail2/13/2018

​(Port Orchard, WA)  Treasurer Meredith Green reports that the annual tax statements and letters were mailed on February 12, 2018.  County-wide, most taxpayers will see a property tax increase, due to legislation passed last session that increased the state levy 55%. Read  Treasurer Green's letter online. The letter provides detailed information and several links to additional data about your tax statement.

There is a new tool, the interactive "Tax Distribution" webpage, available on the County's web page. "This provides residents with a way to search for their property address and learn about taxes for that particular property, and see how those taxes changed over the years," said Green.

"Property owners can verify the accuracy of their property information using the  Parcel Details app on the web," added County Assessor Phil Cook. Another new tool offered by the Assessor's office is the Sales Trends tool. "The Kitsap County housing market remains strong. This helps property owners follow the market," Cook added. Other questions about property tax assessments can be answered on the "Education Outreach" page of the Assessor's website.

For questions regarding your property tax bill, contact the Treasurer's office at www.kitsapgov.com/treas or 360-337-7135.   For questions regarding the assessed value of your property, contact the Assessor's office at www.kitsapgov.com/assr or 360-337-7160.

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Learn about proposed insecticide spraying at open houses in Silverdale2/8/2018

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has scheduled open houses in Silverdale this month to review its proposed spraying of insecticide to eradicate gypsy moths in and around Bangor. More information is available here. A searchable map is located here.

The open house events will include maps of the treatment areas, information about gypsy moths, and material on the proposed product to treat the pests. Postcards are being mailed this week to residents near treatment areas.

For more informaiton, contact Karla Salp at the Washington State Department of Agiculture at (360) 902-2178, ksalp@agr.wa.gov.

Volunteers needed for Kitsap’s annual Water Festival2/7/2018

(Port Orchard, WA)  - Help celebrate the 24th year of the Kitsap Water Festival by volunteering. The festival takes place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The annual Water Festival hosts up to 1,200 third and fourth grade students from across the county. Students learn the importance of protecting precious water resources and practical ways to implement water quality measures at home.

Volunteers help with games, activities and setup and breakdown of the festival. In return, volunteers get to work outside, have fun, and are provided breakfast snacks, lunch and an official Kitsap Water Festival t-shirt.

For more information, go to: https://spf.kitsapgov.com/pw/Pages/edwaterfest.aspx

To register as a volunteer, go to: http://www.kpud.org/waterfestival/volunteer.php

If you have questions, contact Kimberly Jones at (360) 728-2222, kimberly.jones@kitsappublichealth.org

The festival is sponsored by Kitsap County Public Works Stormwater Division, West Sound Utility District, Silverdale Water District, Kitsap Public Utility District, Parametrix, Kitsap Public Health District, City of Bremerton Public Works and Utilities, and City of Bainbridge Island. 

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Contact: Kimberly Jones, Environmental Health Specialist, Kitsap Public Health, 360.728.2222 or kimberly.jones@kitsappublichealth.org

Kitsap County Aging & Long Term Care offers expanded support services for individuals and caregivers1/9/2018

After the success of the state's Family Caregiver Support Program, the Washington State Department of Social & Health Services received a demonstration grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand support services in Kitsap County for individuals and caregivers.

The grant allows for the creation of new programs that will preserve and promote choices for long-term care support services; family support for the well-being of those caring for loved ones; and allow for the delay or avoidance of the need for more intensive Medicaid-funded, long-term support services, when possible.

In addition to the local Family Caregiver Support Program, there are new, expanded services for those in Kitsap who do not live in a residential facility. No copayment is required for the services and the programs do not impose estate recovery. There are higher income and asset limits for eligibility, compared to the traditional Medicaid Long-Term Care program.

The Medicaid Alternative Care program allows people age 55 and older, who need help with activities of daily living and are currently eligible for certain Medicaid programs, to transition to services that support their informal, adult caregiver.

The Tailored Services for Adults program is for people age 55 and older, not currently eligible for Medicaid, who need help with activities of daily living. The program can either support someone's informal, adult caregiver or provide services directly to an individual without a caregiver.  

Contact the Kitsap County Aging and Long-Term Care office at (360) 337-5700 or (800) 562-6418 to learn more about eligibility requirements, benefits available, and the application process, or stop by local offices of the Kitsap County Aging & Long-Term Care in the Givens Community Center, 1026 Sidney Ave. Suite 105, Port Orchard, open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the Caregiver Support Center, 9857 Silverdale Way, Silverdale, open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on these programs go to https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/stakeholders/medicaid-transformation-project-demonstration .

Physical inspection of real property begins in Poulsbo, Suquamish8/31/2017

​Appraisers from the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office are now conducting on-site inspections throughout the greater Poulsbo/Suquamish area. Washington State Law (RCW 84.40.025) requires inspections of all real property throughout the county at least once every six years.  The current inspections should be completed by April 2018.

If an appraiser from the office attempts to make contact with you, please understand that they are trying to verify the characteristics of your property to ensure the accuracy of our data.  Due to the high volume of inspections our appraisers are conducting, we are unable to accommodate appointments at this time.

Our appraisers do not drive county issued vehicles, however their vehicles are marked with the proper county identification on both sides.  Other verification options are to request to see individual credentials, contact our office at 360-337-7160, or check our inspection area progress map on our website at: www.kitsapgov.com/assr.

The cooperation of the public is always appreciated by our staff.  We look forward to working with you and answering your questions.

Volunteers needed for Sheriff’s Office Citizens On Patrol5/26/2017

Applications are now open for volunteers dedicated to helping others who want to support the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office while improving the quality of life for citizens. The Citizens On Patrol program offers the opportunity to interact with the community, enforce handicap parking regulations, help with boat inspections, conduct security/vacation checks on homes and be the eyes and ears of law enforcement.

Volunteers are also trained to assist with traffic control, mark and process abandoned vehicles on county right-of-way, and perform junk vehicle VIN inspections. COPs work in teams of two. Training, uniforms and vehicles are provided.

Volunteers must be able to pass extensive criminal and credit background checks including a polygraph exam, have an excellent driving record and commit to a minimum of 16 hours per month and two-hour monthly training sessions and meetings for at least a year. Those working full time or serving on active military duty may find it difficult to meet these time commitments.

For information on this and other volunteer opportunities and to apply to the Citizens On Patrol program, click here or contact Kitsap County Volunteer Services at (360) 337-4650, rpirtle@co.kitsap.wa.us.

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