Port weighs city proposal

City's desire to annex land around airport not new


Gordon Weeks

Port of Shelton Executive Director Wendy Smith discusses the pros and cons of the port annexing its airport property into the City of Shelton at a special meeting Friday at port headquarters.

If the Port of Shelton property at Sanderson Field is annexed from Mason County into the City of Shelton, the city would gain about 1,100 acres of land and the taxes and user fees that come with it.

With annexation, the Port of Shelton might get quicker response from Shelton police than Mason County sheriff's deputies, but would lose sales taxes, stormwater fees and might have to change building codes under city regulations when port tenants change. Annexation could also be a mixed bag for port tenants.

Those were some of the observations and concerns shared Friday at a special meeting of t...

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