Mason, Thurston and Kitsap projects included in 2018 supplemental capital budget

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Mason, Thurston and Kitsap projects included in 2018 supplemental capital budget

The $198 million supplemental capital budget approved by the Legislature Thursday includes $3.1 million in funding for projects in the 35th Legislative District. This is in addition to the $37 million the district will be receiving in the 2017-19 capital budget, which passed earlier this year.

Of the $3.1 million in local funding, $1.3 million is provided to replace the structures and fencing in the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area that were destroyed in a fire last August.

“After a wildfire ravaged hundreds of acres of native prairie land in the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, I'm excited to bring dollars home to help with rebuilding efforts,” said 35th District Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn. “I'm glad Sen. Tim Sheldon, Rep. Drew MacEwen, and I could work together to secure funding for this and other important projects for our communities.”

The supplemental capital budget also provides $412,000 to renovate the North Mason Teen Center, $376,000 to update existing facilities at the Port of Allyn marina, $288,000 for the William G. Reed Library, and $742,000 for the design and reconfiguration of the Schafer State Park campground.

“As a former capital budget negotiator, I've been able to establish strong relationships with negotiating teams in both chambers. That, along with the great working relationship I have with Dan and Tim, has helped deliver significant results for the 35th District,” said Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union. “I'm proud of the projects we were able to secure in this year's supplemental capital budget. My request will provide significant funding for the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound's North Mason Teen Center, which serves hundreds of North Mason youth each year. Capital budget funds will supplement the more than $1 million already raised by the Boys & Girls Club, and will allow the club to relocate the Teen Center from an old 5,500 square-foot building to a newly-renovated 10,000 square-foot building. That will make a real difference in a lot of people's lives, and I couldn't be happier.”

The $4.17 billion 2017-19 capital budget that passed earlier this session included $3 million for tiny homes for homeless veterans in Mason County, $3 million for sewer repairs in Shelton, $515,000 to provide a wastewater connection from the South Kitsap Industrial Area to the Belfair Wastewater Reclamation Facility, and $200,000 for improvements to Camp Schechter in Tumwater.

It also allocated $475,000 to construct a new building for the Holly Ridge Center in Bremerton, which has served residents of the 35th District for more than 50 years. Additionally, $27,000 will be spent on shelter resident room improvements, technological replacements and security upgrades at the Turning Pointe domestic violence shelter in Shelton.

The supplemental budget now awaits the governor's signature.

The 2018 legislative session adjourned March 8.


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