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Senate construction budget includes funding for Port Orchard pier

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Port Orchard residents won’t be stuck with the tab for bringing the De Kalb Pier in line with new rules adopted by the Department of Natural Resources, courtesy of a $950,000 allocation in the Senate’s proposed capital budget.

The capital budget, chaired and written by 26th District Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, is the state budget that funds the construction and maintenance of public facilities such as schools, correctional facilities, parks and recreation areas.

“Bringing some of our older structures in line with modern standards can be costly,” Kilmer said. “The pier upgrades shouldn’t fall on the backs of local taxpayers in Port Orchard. In addition, this investment will provide some needed design and construction jobs. ”

Port Orchard Mayor Lary Coppola agreed, noting that the city would have to close the park if the state hadn’t stepped in.

“If we don’t do this project, we’d end up taking out the floating pier and closing the park to the public,” Coppola said. “It’s been a very popular spot for visiting boaters to come, tie up and go to dinner.”

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