Public port districts are authorized by state law
to undertake many activities to enhance the economic welfare of
local communities. These regulations authorize the Port of Walla
- Develop waterfronts, airports
and otherfacilities for handling cargo and passengers.
- Provide capital improvements
needed for industrial and manufacturing facilities within the
- Improve Port District lands so
they can be sold or leased for industrial and commercial use.
- Aquire, construct, install, improve
and operate sewer and water utilities to serve its own properties
and that of other property owners.
- Execute business recruitment
- Levy taxes and sell bonds to
develop properties and manufacturing facilities.
The Port of Walla Walla has three elected commissioners
who represent you...the shareholders. The commissioners are Mike
Fredrickson, president; Ron Dunning, secretary; and Paul Schneidmiller,
While all commissioners are elected on a county-wide
basis, each must live in a specific commissioner district within
Walla Walla County. The districts are the same as Walla Walla county
Dunning is owner of Dunning Irrigation in Touchet and is co-owner of Touchet Seed & Energy, an oil-seed crusher for biofuels. He represents District 3, including College Place, Touchet, Lowden, Burbank, Eureka, Clyde and the western part of the county.
Fredrickson, managing member of Associated Appraisers of Walla Walla LLC, represents District 2, which includes the eastern third of the City of Walla Walla, Dixie, Waitsburg and Prescott.
Port of Walla Walla Commission
Mike Fredrickson, Secretary Ron Dunning and Vice President Paul
Schneidmiller in the lobby at Walla Walla Regional Airport. (Photo
by Brian Gaines)
Schneidmiller, president of World Wide
Travel Service, Inc., represents District 1, which
encompasses more than half the City of Walla
Walla and the Stateline area.
Each commissioner serves a six-year term.
Terms are staggered so that one position is up for
election every two years.
Commissioners decide each year who will
hold the offices of President, Vice President and
Port of Walla Walla Commissioners, and those
at other Ports with similar business volume, are
entitled to $104 per day compensation for each
day or portion of a day spent attending meetings
or performing other services on behalf of the Port
The law prohibits commissioners from receiving
more than $9,984 per year in such compensation.
In addition, Port Commissioners receive a salary of
up to $750 per month.
Ports may levy, without a public vote, a
property tax of no more than 45-cents per $1,000
of assessed property valuation for general Port
The Port District receives only 20 percent of its
revenues from property taxes.
Washington State law provides for Port Commissioners to designate
administrative powers and duties to the managing official of the
Port District. This is done with a Port Commission resolution establishing
guidelines and procedures for the managing official to follow.
In that manner, the Executive Director and his or her staff can
perform their duties in a timely and efficient manner. Still, as
policy makers, Port Commissioners remain responsible for district
Regular Port of Walla Walla Commission meetings are at 6:00 p.m.
on the second Thursday and 1:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each
month at the Port office.