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Pasco doughnut hole talks

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash.-- Franklin County commissioners will hold a public meeting for people to learn about a new document they've put together.

Franklin County compiled a document that compares costs and regulations for the doughnut area and the city of Pasco.

It was created to give doughnut hole residents hard numbers on how things might change for them if they're annexed by the city and to help them better understand the differences between the areas with supported information. It lays out numbers comparing things from property taxes to utility fees in the doughnut hole as county land and Pasco. It provides area residents a way to see what changes would happen if they were annexed into the city.

The Franklin County Commission Chairman, Brad Peck, says they wanted to give community members a way to clarify differences.

"It was important to do this so we could give people, black and white, on paper, objective information so they can decide for themselves what is best for them and their families," says Peck.

The City of Pasco Director of Economic and Community Development, Rick White, says there are inaccuracies in it.

"When a matrix like this is prepared and disseminated it's very difficult to take into account any and all situations. For the most part people will experience a slight reduction in their overall costs for utilities and taxes if a property was annexed into the city."

The document will be discussed at tonight's meeting. Some residents have already started a petition to form their own city. A Riverview resident, Roger Lenk, says locals want to maintain a more rural lifestyle and City of Pasco regulations would change that.

"Our ability to have houses far and few between. We like to maintain our horses, our cows, our sheep, our chickens and not have to worry about that encroaching upon somebody else's lifestyle or other people's lifestyles encroaching on ours," says Lenk.

Franklin County decided they'd suspend discussions about annexation with City of Pasco and Franklin County Fire District to allow residents to pursue incorporation.

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