A recent audit on the Port of Astoria shows major financial troubles, compounded by a slowdown in log exports.
The port's operations have been losing more than $1 million per year.
Those losses have been covered largely by nonoperational revenue such as property tax proceeds, grants, loans and interest income. As a result of its paying off a general obligation bond, the port saw a reduction in property tax revenue this year.
Lawsuit expenses also mounted — more than $500,000 in the past four years, according to Colleen Browne, port finance manager. They included battles with the Bank of Astoria over offices and with the developer of a proposed natural gas terminal. They now include litigation against the port’s former attorney, Heather Reynolds, who now works for Clatsop County.
Read more at The Statesman Journal.