Six nominated for Public Facilities District board

"Silverdale lawyer Rick Smith will represent Central Kitsap on the newly created Kitsap County Public Facilities District. A resolution passed by the county commissioners earlier this year creating the PFD allows it to acquire, build and operate facilities for sports, entertainment and recreational uses.I'm enthused, Smith said. It's a big job and big responsibility.Smith, a well-known proponent of bringing a minor league or independent baseball franchise to Kitsap County, said he will continue to push for it. He said Kitsap County needs family fun so people here don't have to drive to Tacoma or Seattle for entertainment.Although Smith has been lobbying for a baseball stadium, he said the PFD probably will focus on building a multi-use facility first. Smith said many county residents support building an indoor soccer field, for instance.Smith said the biggest challenge the board will have is finding funding to build, operate and maintain the facilities.Smith will be part of a seven-member board appointed to represent the four cities and three commissioner districts in Kitsap County. The board will include Andy Maron of Bainbridge Island, Donna Gross of Port Orchard, Linda Berry-Maraist of Poulsbo, Cary Bozeman of commissioner district two and S.N. Cy Wyse of commissioner district one. Bremerton has not yet named a representative.District representatives were picked by their respective county commissioners. City representatives were recommended by their respective cities and then picked by the county commissioners.The PFD resolution says all members will serve four-year terms, but that three of the initial seven members will serve two-year terms. Those members include Berry-Maraist, Bozeman and the Bremerton representative. The positions are not paid and the board will not have the authority to impose any taxes without voter approval.The PFD members will officially be empaneled at the July 24 meeting of the county commissioners."

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