Property Tax

It is the goal of the Port Commission to invest property tax revenues back into the Port District (all of Nez Perce County) to promote job creation and economic development. Property tax dollars are not used to fund general Port operations.

Examples of Port economic development accomplishments include:

  • Southport Industrial Park
  • Northport Industrial Park
  • Business & Technology Park
  • Harry Wall Industrial Park
  • Business Incubator Program

“The Port has been very helpful in the growth of our business and making my dream a reality. Having the support of a proactive landlord to give us the help we needed and having additional space to grow as we needed has been very instrumental in our success…. Without the Port’s involvement, we would have been somewhat hamstrung renting an expensive small building bounded by its walls instead of realizing our dream”.

– Glen Seekins, Seekins Precision

PROPERTY TAX DOLLARS INVESTED BACK INTO NEZ PERCE COUNTY
are used to purchase and develop land, infrastructure and facilities – activities that create jobs.

$700,000

AVERAGE ANNUAL PORT INVESTMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Consisting of approximately $450,000 property tax revenue plus additional revenue generated through Port operations.

1958 general election favored creation of the Port of Lewiston by

80%

Approximately 0.75% of annual property
taxes paid by a City of Lewiston
resident goes to the Port for economic
development activities.

THE PROPERTY TAX PAID BY AN
AVERAGE LEWISTON HOMEOWNER
IS LESS THAN $16 PER YEAR.

From FY 1990 through FY 2016,
the Port’s property tax levy
rate decreased by

-64.3%

The following are excerpts from a 2014 analysis of the Port of Lewiston’s economic impacts, completed by Professor Steven Peterson,
University of Idaho:

1,840

DIRECT JOBS
in the region from firms and businesses associated with properties owned or developed by the Port.

$390 Million

IN DIRECT REGIONAL SPENDING ASSOCIATED WITH DIRECT JOBS

$1=$8.80

RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Every $1 of tax payer investment creates $8.80 in local tax revenue through economic activities and entrepreneurial firms associated with the Port.