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State, county officials discuss racetrack

OLYMPIA — Representatives from Kitsap County visited Gov. Christine Gregoire’s office last week for a strategy session about the proposed local racetrack, then resolving to act together in response to any new information.

“We thought it would be important for us to all be on the same page,” said County Administrator Cris Gears, who led the county delegation. “There was the idea that the state was getting more information, which turned out to be untrue. It is mutually beneficial to share information as it comes in, so we should work together as a team.”

“It was more about finding what the page is,” said Marc Baldwin, an executive policy advisor to the governor. “The issue is to make sure that all the people who make the decisions have the best available information. We want to get a better sense of what all the economic impacts will be.”

Baldwin said “a serious cost-benefits analysis” is necessary to evaluate the project at this point.

The meeting lasted two hours.

Progress on the track is on hold until the ISC submits its proposal to outline the specifics of the public/private partnership.

ISC spokesman Stann Tate said there was no definitive plan as to when the proposal would arrive.

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