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Langley City Council checks out marina design

Langley City Council members reviewed the final design for the new marina on Wednesday and said they liked what they saw. Still, they wanted to know more.

Council members invited South Whidbey port manager Ed Field to show them the port's design for the project, one that will add 65 slips to the current 35 plus space for tour boats and other passenger vessels.

The port hopes council members will help promote the project before voters are faced with a tax increase to pay for the project on Nov. 4.

Councilwoman Rene Neff generally liked the design, but expressed concerns over the lack of an on-site manager.

"The port takes over on Jan. 1 and there should be someone getting up to speed on progress," she said.

Field agreed but said port commissioners needed to answer that question.

Council members agreed to set up a meeting in September with the port to discuss the marina design, plus financial and personnel issues.

Port commissioners voted in July to put a tax increase on the November ballot to pay for the $8.2 million makeover of the Langley Marina.

Commissioners decided on a ballot measure for a 9-cent increase in the port's property tax levy. The levy would be assessed for 20 years, or retired earlier should state or federal grant money become available to help pay for the project.

Currently, the port collects 10.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

If the measure passes in November, homeowners would see a roughly $32 per year increase for a home valued at $360,000. The total levy for an owner of a $360,000 home would be approximately $70 a year.

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