House construction budget invests in local 24th District projects 

OLYMPIA—The proposed capital budget released by the House of Representatives would fund $1.26 billion throughout the state, including key projects in the 24th District. 

“This budget puts serious funding toward housing, schools, economic development, and environmental projects,” said Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Port Townsend), chair of the House Capital Budget Committee. “There are also specific local investments here in the district that will serve us for generations.” 

Among the local projects funded by the proposed supplemental capital budget (House Bill 1738): 

  • Bayside Housing acquisition of Hadlock Motel, part of the new state strategy of rapidly acquiring housing capacity 
  • Point Hudson Breakwater Project in Port Townsend  
  • Clallam County and Port Angeles joint emergency services and public safety facility in Port Angeles 
  • Gardiner Booster Pump Upgrade and Coyle Water Line Replacement, both for the Jefferson Public Utility District 
  • Westport Marina Gear Storage Relocation, to allow the facility to move and expand. 

“We also fund $100 million in new broadband and $7.5 million for shovel-ready site development in rural areas to spur economic growth,” Tharinger said. “To craft this budget, I worked with lawmakers all over the state and political spectrum. When we listen to each other with respect, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish.” 

This is the first step in the process. The House Capital Budget Committee is scheduled to hear the bill on Monday, Feb. 21, then vote on the budget Tuesday.  

You can find the full details about the proposed budget here.