There is an issue on the ballot next week that is little talked about: that of moving the Port of Olympia from three to five Commissioners. This could be because there is little perspective to base a decision upon. As one of the three Port Commissioners, I would like to add perspective to this issue.
A five-person Port Commission would bring three big improvements to the Port Commission, namely: Additional representation, more continuity, and better decision-making.
For the Port, additional costs per year would average $145,000. This is a small price to pay when getting decisions wrong could cost millions. Many people have asked for a more responsive Port; this is how to get there.
Of all the forms of government in Thurston County, both the Port and the Thurston County have the smallest governing boards.
Thank you for voting “yes” to a five-person Port Commission on your November ballot.
-- Joe Downing, Olympia
Joe Downing has served as a Port of Olympia Commissioner since 2016.
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