State Guidance

State Auditor Video Series Looks at Port Districts

Editor’s Note: The post below is a re-post from the Office of the Washington State Auditor website and is an informative source pertaining to local port districts in Washington State.

Did you know that Washington state has the largest locally controlled port system in the world?  And not all of those ports are on the water. Ports also operate airports, railroads, business parks and industrial sites.

In this latest addition to SAO’s #Gov 101 series, we explore Washington’s 80 port districts, including how they’re governed, how they finance their operations, and how you can participate at your local port district.

Do you have questions about ports after watching this video? Don’t hesitate to email us at We’d love to answer your questions and direct you to more resources!

Visit the Office of the Washington State Auditor website here.