Planning Federal Assistance to Communities Affected by the Trident Submarine Base, Washington State

LCD-77-320: Published: Jun 8, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1977.

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The Congress authorized funds to communities to expand facilities and services needed for new workers and families when the Trident submarine base becomes operational in the 1980's.

Under existing Federal programs, the Secretary of Defense provides financial aid to other departments and agencies for planning, construction, and/or subsidies of schools, roads, water and sewer systems, low-rent housing, recreation, and other facilities. Preliminary estimates included a total cost of about $204 million to finance Trident-related community impact costs. The Federal share was estimated to be about $120 million. Current planning lacks estimates of offsetting local revenue increases, has not fully considered possible population increases in other counties, and depends on certain assumptions and cost factors which should be reconsidered.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should instruct the Office of Economic Adjustment to (1) recognize and consider that Trident-related growth may occur in counties other than Kitsap, and that some of the work force from those counties may be drawn to the Trident base; (2) determine the revenues estimated to be generated by the increase in population and new facilities and consider such data in arriving at an amount of Federal funds to be provided; and (3) reexamine its estimate of costs for increased facilities and services resulting from the Trident site, including those requirements not previously shown in the Office of Economic Adjustment's estimate of costs.

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