Government

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Gig Harbor Council to consider putting public safety sales tax increase before voters

Feb 23, 2024 | By:

The Gig Harbor City Council will consider placing a sales tax increase before voters during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 26. If approved by voters on the Aug. 6 ballot, proceeds from the increase would support public safety efforts. The proposal before the council would increase sales tax inside Gig Harbor city limits by 0.1%,

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Fox Island park plan could include more parking, picnic shelter, paved walkway

Feb 22, 2024 | By:

According to a master plan nearing completion, Tacoma Demolay Sandspit Park will receive expanded parking, a new building, lawn area and paved ADA path to the beach.

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In the Margins | Amid our booze bonanza, let’s get sober on drunk driving

Feb 21, 2024 | By:

I was arrested for drunk driving about 35 years ago. True story: A Gig Harbor police officer ran me through the curbside test for sobriety — I failed. He handcuffed me in front of W.B. Scotts restaurant (now Bella Femmina) on Harborview Drive and invited me to the back seat of his patrol car. I

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Property tax statements may be in your mailbox

Feb 15, 2024 | By:

Property tax statements are in the mail. Like last year, Gig Harbor-area bills rose more than anyplace else in Pierce County. Unlike the past few years, however, it can’t be attributed to soaring home values. The 5.2% increase for city residents and 6.7% for combined city and unincorporated properties is largely the result of voter-approved

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Gig Harbor Council sends property tax measure to voters

Feb 15, 2024 | By:

Gig Harbor residents will decide in April whether to increase their property taxes after the City Council voted Monday to put the issue on a special election ballot. The ballot measure asks voters inside city limits if they want to increase property taxes from the current rate of just under 70-cents per thousand dollars of

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Kopachuck State Park improvements finally forthcoming

Feb 13, 2024 | By:

A renovated Kopachuck State Park, at long last, will begin to emerge this spring. Fourteen years in the works, construction is slated to commence in late April. All permits have been approved. Drawings are finished. Bids will be sought by the end of February. Groundbreaking would follow. “I’m very excited to get out to bid

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Free legal pop-ups debut this week in Gig Harbor

Feb 12, 2024 | By:

Legal advice may not, at first, seem as fundamental a human need as food or medical care. But Bob Vollbracht, volunteer leader of the Gig Harbor Key Peninsula Housing-Homeless Coalition, has seen the profound benefit of free legal services to low-income clients shaken by situations such as domestic violence, child custody disputes or looming evictions.

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PenMet Parks’ new pricing policy generates debate

Feb 08, 2024 | By:

Under the change that takes effect for spring programs, those outside PenMet boundaries must pay 20% more and wait a week to register.

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Rep. Hutchins not pursuing re-election in 26th District

Feb 06, 2024 | By:

State Rep. Spencer Hutchins, R-Gig Harbor, announced in a press release Tuesday that the government post is cutting into his ability to provide for his family.

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Gig Harbor Council may ask voters for property tax increase

Feb 01, 2024 | By:

On Feb. 12, the Gig Harbor City Council will decide whether to ask voters to “lift the levy lid” to increase property taxes. If the council approves the request, voters would decide whether to increase their property tax rate from the current rate of 70 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.10 per

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