Port splits commission expansion measure into two pieces, commissioners to vote June 19

After hearing that a proposed ballot measure to increase the Port of Bellingham commission from three members to five could potentially violate state election rules (read more here), port commissioners will vote June 19 on separate resolutions that split the measure into two parts, according to an agenda released Friday, June 15.

In response to a citizen-led effort to get a commission-expansion measure on the ballot, the port commission has agreed to back a resolution asking Whatcom County Debbie Adelson to put the question before Whatcom County voters in November.

During their June 19 meeting, commissioners will decide whether to favor two propositions.

One asks if voters want to increase the commission from three members to five.

The other asks voters, should the first proposition pass, if the two new commissioners should represent the entire port territory instead of being tied to a specific district, as the three current port commissioners are. This means the new commissioners would be “at large” representatives and not be required to reside in a specific district to run for office.

The June 19 meeting will take place at 3 p.m. in the port’s Harbor Center Building Conference Room at 1801 Roeder Ave. in Bellingham, according to the agenda.

An archive of agendas in PDF format is available at the port’s website, under the “Port Commission” link. The PDFs include links to documents related to specific agenda items.

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