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Port of Skagit Gets Clean Audit from the State

BURLINGTON, WA---The Port of Skagit recently underwent its required annual audit by the State of Washington, with no findings reported.

The annual audit, which is conducted by the State Auditor’s Office, takes several weeks to complete on site, in addition to a few weeks of follow-up as the final report is compiled.  This annual procedure includes a thorough review of all business matters undertaken by the Port over the course of the past year, such as leases, property acquisitions and sales, contracts, grant reporting, financial statements and more.

“Port staff work very hard to create economic opportunities for our community, and through the process they meet all the detailed record-keeping requirements of the State of Washington.” Commissioner Kevin Ware says.  “It’s something that Skagit County residents can be proud of and assured by, that their Port is doing an excellent job on all fronts.”

2018 was an exceptionally busy year for the Port of Skagit, with the sale of 122 acres of Port property to neighboring PACCAR, the purchase of 123 acres for the future development of a value-added agriculture industrial park off Peterson Road, the work on countywide fiber optic infrastructure, and taking ownership of the SWIFT Center in Sedro-Woolley, the former Northern State Hospital property.  Even with the diverse and complex projects of 2018, the state audit reported no findings—essentially a “clean bill of health” for the Port of Skagit.

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