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Bremerton Council voting tonight on merging BHA with KCCHA

A merger of the Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA) with the Kitsap Consolidated Housing Authority (KCCHA) could save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually according to a financial analysis presented to the Bremerton City Council last week.

The report is part of an on-going study by the City Council concerning the possible ramifications of merging the BHA and KCCHA. The Council is expected to vote on the merger during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Norm Dicks Government Center. Council President Daren Nygren moved up the vote from Nov. 2 because not all nine members of the council could attend that meeting.

According to the report from the Minnesota-based Springsted Inc., a merger would not necessarily have financial benefits in the short term, but in the long term, efficiencies in administrative costs and a more diverse revenue base could net a positive result. But the potential for savings would be determined by the organization’s management and is not guaranteed.

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