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Voters to decide on PFD measure this November

It was a technicality, but a key one.

The Kitsap County Commissioners officially OKed placing a sales tax increase measure, crafted and backed by the Public Facilities District of Kitsap County, on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Now voters will decide whether to approve a one-tenth of 1 percent increase in the county sales tax — one that would amount to one penny on every $10 purchase.

The Facilities District is a junior taxing distrct and doesn’t need permission from the county commissioners to run a ballot measure, but for administrative purposes a resolution was passed.

The measure’s backers say the tax increase would not only improve recreational opportunities but increase the number of recreational venues in Kitsap County on a local and regional basis.

About half of the revenue raised from the measure would pay the debt service on an estimated $24.3 million bond issue. That money raised from bonds would fund the improvement of athletic and entertainment facilities and other amenities.

“The public should have a chance to vote on this,” Botkin said.

Both he and Endresen approved the resolution and County Commissioner Jan Angel was absent.

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