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Silverdale incorporation petition certified by county — Pro-incorporation group plans for a spring 2012 special election

The Kitsap County Auditor’s Office certified Citizens United for Silverdale’s petition Dec. 28.

The pro-incorporation group had a sufficient number of valid signatures, according to Dolores Gilmore, elections manager for the office, and the certification was forwarded to Kitsap County commissioners.

The next step in the process is for the Boundary Review Board to hold a hearing on the incorporation proposal. The board has the authority to modify the proposed Silverdale city boundaries by either decreasing or increasing the size.

Citizens United for Silverdale are planning for a spring special election and want to make sure they are not on the same ballot as a Central Kitsap School District supplemental levy measure, according to the group’s spokesman, Marcus Hoffman.

The Central Kitsap School Board in November approved of a ballot measure to go to voters in February 2012 for a supplemental levy that would collect an increase in property taxes of 62 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for two years.

There is no May special election so April would be “the one” for the incorporation measure but ultimately the county commissioners would make the call on the election date, said Gilmore.

If the Silverdale incorporation is a ballot measure in a special election and does not share the ballot with other districts, the cost is estimated at $60,000, said Gilmore.

There are many variables that could decrease that cost. If a state measure was shared on the ballot, the cost could drop to $15,000 and if another district such as the fire district had a ballot measure included with the incorporation one, the cost could be at $30,000, Gilmore said.

“It makes a huge difference if it’s a measure all on its own,” said Gilmore.

Hoffman said to prepare for the special election, Citizens United for Silverdale will be continuing with public outreach. The group welcomes anyone from the bowling league to PTA groups to hear their presentation and get questions answered so long as they have an interest in the community.

“We’ll have a lot of questions between now and when ballots are out,” Hoffman said.

More information is available at www.silverdaleinc.com.

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