Hillsboro Annexation and Tax District Withdrawal
We have led a number of sensitive taxing district-related projects to successful conclusions. In Hillsboro, Oregon, JRO served as project manager for the Washington County Island Annexation initiative. We developed fact sheets and tax and service delivery comparisons, held public forums and met individually with property owners to explain the process and benefits for County residents willing to voluntarily annex into the City of Hillsboro. “Bringing Hillsboro Together,” resulted in 100% voluntary annexation by owners of county “pockets” located inside City boundaries. Subsequently, JRO led a process to withdraw hundreds of City of Hillsboro properties from a regional taxing district that continued to collect property taxes for redundant services years after those properties had annexed into the City. Again, the effort resulted in 100% voluntary withdrawal and no lasting conflict between jurisdictions.
Port of Kalama Annexation
JRO designed and executed a multi-faceted, multi-phase effort to annex 240 acres into the City of Kalama on behalf of the Port of Kalama. Project tasks included property owner outreach, development of press and general communications materials, analysis and fact sheet to convey the impacts and benefits of annexation for multiple parties, developing and securing required approvals and coordination with the City Council and Planning Commission. The annexation was successfully executed last year and the Port has since developed a state-of-the art regional park along the Kalama River and completed a master plan for an upcoming business park.
Pierce County Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade
Jason served on a multi-disciplinary team to provide public outreach services in conjunction with Pierce County, Washington’s most significant public works project in nearly 50 years. The $50 million upgrade of the Chambers Creek plant will encompass expanded facilities and services, including treatment and production of reclaimed water. As part of this innovative project, public outreach for the Pierce County facilities was integrated with simultaneous development of an adjacent destination golf course and high-end residential neighborhood. Jason collaborated with Allison Peters to structure a statistically-valid telephone survey of sewer customers to determine public values and priorities related to treatment standards and capital investment.
San Juan Housing Solutions
For average wage earners in the San Juan Islands, home ownership has long been out of reach and rental rates have only continued to escalate. Opinions, sometimes strident, differ on how to address the challenge. In 2014, Jason Robertson was retained to assemble data and lead a series of empirically-based community conversations about viable solutions. The resulting “basket” of options is now being pursued by a variety of partners, including an application to develop 30 units of rent-controlled housing with funding from the Washington State Housing Finance Committee Trust Fund. JRO prepared the market study for OPAL Community Land Trust as required to qualify for federal pass-through dollars.
Port of Kalama, Washington
San Juan Islands, Washington
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