June 30, 2022 — Port of Columbia County Commissioners voted unanimously to adopt the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget and to set the port’s annual property tax levy to an assessed rate of zero for the third year in a row.

“The port has proven over the years that it can be fiscally sustainable. Our strong financial position allows us to leave the tax levy at zero for another year and let that money stay with residents and businesses in the port district,” said Sean Clark, executive director for the port.

At $14.9 million, the 2022-23 budget is a slight decrease from the previous fiscal year, attributed to a smaller projected capital outlay.

Highlights in the 2022-2023 budget include:

  • There are 42 business tenants located on port property sites throughout the district and over 100 individual tenants at each the Scappoose Airport and Scappoose Bay Marina.
  • Combined budgeted revenues for all tenant leases, permits, and licenses amount to more than $5.1 million.
  • Port Westward remains the port’s most profitable property site, accounting for $3.305 million of revenue and 52.8% of the port’s total revenue.
  • The port intends to spend an estimated $5.6 million in capital projects. Over the past 10 fiscal years the port has invested over $38.4 million throughout the port district.

The budget committee consists of the Port Commissioners and an equal number of community members who oversee and approve the annual budget process. A copy of the 2022-2023 budget is available online at https://www.portofcolumbiacounty.org/finance/page/budget-and-audit-reports.