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Kitsap County staff honored for contributions to end homelessness5/8/2024

Three receive awards from the Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition

 Port Orchard, WA –The Kitsap Housing and Homelessness Coalition (KHHC) recently recognized individuals and organizations for their unwavering commitment, dedication, and innovative approaches in addressing homelessness in our community. Among the recipients of this year's awards were three County staff members directly engaged in initiatives to support Kitsap's unhoused population.

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Elected Official Award – Charlotte Garrido

The Elected Official Award recognizes the extraordinary commitment of an elected official to address homelessness within the community. This year's recipient was Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido. Serving as District 2 Commissioner, Garrido has tirelessly advocated for the well-being and housing needs of Kitsap County residents. With a background in urban planning and community organization, Garrido has spearheaded initiatives aimed at enhancing workforce training programs and seeking solutions for housing individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Community Impact Award – Doug Washburn

The Community Impact Award acknowledges individuals, projects, or organizations that have made a significant difference in addressing homelessness. Doug Washburn, Director of Kitsap County Human Services, was recognized for his outstanding leadership and collaborative efforts in developing and maintaining essential services for Kitsap residents. With extensive experience in public sector budgeting, policy development, and strategic planning, Washburn has played a pivotal role in advancing initiatives to support vulnerable populations and promote community well-being.

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Exceptional Service by a Staff Member – Jarrod Moran

The Exceptional Service by a Staff Member Award celebrates the dedication and compassion of frontline workers who go above and beyond to support individuals experiencing homelessness. This year's recipient was Jarrod Moran, former coordinator of Kitsap County's Homeless Encampment Action Response and Transitions (HEART) team. The HEART Program, launched in April 2022, ensures a coordinated and compassionate response to unauthorized homeless encampments on Kitsap County property.

The KHHC awards underscore the County's commitment to resolving homelessness and housing issues. In 2019, Kitsap County adopted a comprehensive Homeless Crisis & Housing Response plan to reduce homelessness through an efficient response system, that includes five goals: making homelessness rare through prevention strategies, ensuring it is brief via crisis response tactics, promoting one-time occurrences by ensuring long-term housing stability, enhancing the homeless response system's capacity and efficiency, and broadening community engagement. Most recently, Garrido, Washburn and the County's Human Services staff have been leading efforts to construct a new, first-of-its-kind, congregate co-shelter facility in the Mile Hill area of South Kitsap. The Pacific Building is slated to provide temporary housing for 75 people and their companion animals, along with wrap-around services, 24/7, 365 days a year. The facility is expected to open in November 2024.

Each year, KHHC recognizes people who are making a difference in our community. The organization is committed to providing leadership to end homelessness through planning, coordination, advocacy, and education, with the goal of self-sufficiency for homeless individuals and families through affordable housing, prevention, and support services.


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Kitsap County Announces Preferred Alternative for Comprehensive Plan Update5/7/2024

Kitsap County Expresses Gratitude for Community Engagement in Comprehensive Plan Update4/9/2024

Board of Commissioners Extend Public Comment Period

Port Orchard, Wash. -  Last night's public hearing on the Kitsap County Comprehensive Plan update drew approximately 150 people through a combination of in-person and online attendance. Residents provided valuable insights on important topics like housing, the environment, parks and open space, facilities, transportation, and more.

We're deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to last night's hearing," stated Deputy County Administrator Eric Baker. "Your input is invaluable as we shape policies for sustainable growth that reflect the needs and aspirations of our community."

The 2024 Comprehensive Plan update will determine how the County manages growth and what its direction will be for the next 20 years across policies, zoning, and departmental regulations as well as planning-level environmental impacts and capital facilities reviews.

People who missed last night's public hearing can watch a replay of the meeting online.

To accommodate further input and public engagement, the Board of Commissioners has extended the written comment period. Residents can submit written testimony from now through Thursday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. Comments can be emailed, sent via regular mail to 614 Division Street MS-36, Port Orchard, WA 98366, or submitted through the comment form on the Comprehensive Plan website.

For more information on how to participate and to access the current draft documents, visit the  Comprehensive Plan website or email the Comprehensive Plan team.


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Kitsap County Treasurer's Office Announces Updated Payment Systems3/20/2024

For Immediate Release

March 20, 2024


Kitsap County Treasurer's Office Announces Updated Payment Systems

New year. New design. Same great service!

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. – The Kitsap County Treasurer's Office is proud to announce two major improvements designed to enhance the billing and payment experience for residents. Earlier this year, our office revamped property tax statements, introducing a modern design that provides a clear, detailed breakdown of how the current year's tax dollars are allocated.

"The new statements are designed to be clear and easily consumable," said County Treasurer Peter Boissonneau. "We want every taxpayer to understand exactly where their money is going.  We have also added QR codes to our payment stubs to make paying taxes electronically as easy as possible."

In addition, the Treasurer's Office has switched payment vendors to InvoiceCloud, allowing constituents to register and make a profile, link tax accounts, sign up for paperless billing, set up AutoPay, and register for Pay by Text. Electronic check payments made via are ALWAYS FREE. The system also supports all major credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Venmo, and PayPal, offering numerous payment options to our taxpayers.

Tax payments can also be made through regular mail at P.O. Box 169, Port Orchard, WA 98366, or in person at the Treasurer's Office on the third floor of the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division St., Port Orchard, WA 98366.  If you plan to mail your payment, we suggest bringing your envelope to the post office several days early to ensure your mail is postmarked before the due date.

As a reminder, first half installments of property taxes are due on April 30th, with second half installments due on October 31st. 

For more information on these updates, please visit the Treasurer's website. Residents who need assistance or have questions about payments are encouraged to email the Treasurer's Office or call (360) 337-7135.

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Cooking oil collection tanks closed at county waste facilities2/20/2024

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