Port Districts as Municipal Corporations
Technically, port districts are “municipal corporations” of the state (RCW 53.04.060), but they differ from other municipal corporations (such as cities and counties) in that they are “special purpose districts,” rather than general purpose governments. Plus, Washington’s public ports differ from other special purpose districts (such as water and fire protection) in that they have broader powers.
Port activities and functions are financed in a variety of ways. These include lease-rental fees, other charges for services and the use of land and other facilities; property tax levies; proceeds from bonds sold for capital project construction; and grants and gifts.