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Klickitat Port District # 1 Port District 1 Commissioner Pos. #3

4-year term (ports in counties with over 100,000 pop); 4 or 6 year term counties with under 100,000 pop) Salary $42,106 (2013) in King, varies in other port districts. The Port District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the port facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional Port Director and their professional staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Port levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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    Wayne Vinyard (NP) Klickitat Port District #1, Position #3.

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Phone (509) 364-3379
Town where you live Glenwood
Experience (300 characters max) Commissioner for Klickitat Port District #1 since 1994. Forester and land manager with private industry for 45 years in Klickitat County.
In 1994, our communities were suffering high unemployment and the Port was nearly bankrupt. I brought common sense, sound business management, and discipline to the Port Commission and encouraged careful investment that has leveraged over $9 million in grant funds and supported $22 million in private investment. Today, the Port’s net assets exceed $14 million and its industrial parks are home to eight buildings and over 600 jobs. I chose to run for re-election to help continue this success.
1. Management and discipline in targeting limited resources for the ports operation and continued development. 2. Continue maintenance and development of infrastructure along with fill and site leveling at Dallesport and Bingen Point to have shovel ready sites for building as opportunities arise. 3. Fund and build an industrial space building at Dallesport and Bingen Point to have space available to serve the needs for our growing economy.
The most urgent is fiscal management and discipline to carefully target limited port funds. Economic development funding opportunities from Federal and State sources have nearly disappeared. Income from general tax levy is only $258,000. Thus future operation and growth is dependent on wisely managing the Ports operating revenues.
I witnessed the human toll of high unemployment to our communities in the 90's. The destroyed lives and families torn apart. I never want to see that again. The Port is a source to grow and diversify our local economy. That is why I became a port commissioner. I will continue to promote wise investment, a strong and diversified economy, market lease rates, and fiscal responsibility so the Port can continue to benefit today’s constituents and the generations that follow. logo


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