Chamber among applicants to PFD

"Proposals for regional centers to be funded by the Kitsap County Public Facilities District (PFD) sales rebate are in, and the competition for the money is on. The city of Bremerton, the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce and McCormick Woods have submitted proposals for conference centers, and the Kitsap County Department of Parks and Recreation submitted a proposal for a regional center.Agencies will present their plans to the PFD at a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday July 16, upstairs in the Eagle's Nest building on Fairgrounds Road. The public is invited to attend.This being the first project, we want it to be a tremendous benefit to the community, said Terrie O'Neill, PFD spokeswoman. We want to make it count and have it show what the PFD can do in this flagship project. The PFD is aiming to take advantage of a state sales tax refund program. Facilities serving a regional population, costing at least $10 million (including debt service) and beginning constsruction by 2003 qualify for a refund of .033 percent of the state's portion of the sales tax. One-third of the cost of the facility must be matched locally. The deadline for proposals was July 11.Proposals will be be evaluated by consultants and the PFD for feasibility and benefit to the community. One project will be selected for construction. The money for the project is a return of sales tax revenue collected by the state. No new taxes would be levied. "

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