NBC Right Now continues to follow the drawn out saga over Franklin County's donut hole.
PASCO, WA – NBC Right Now continues to follow the drawn out saga over Franklin County's donut hole.
Organizers have gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot to reverse Pasco's latest annexation. They also want to change the city's government to eliminate the city manager position.
"I think both propositions should be voted down by Pasco voters," said Pasco Mayor Matt Watkins. Proposition 2 would make Mayor Watkins' position a strong mayor position chosen by the citizens of Pasco. "I think switching to the other form you have the potential of having a mayor who does not have the skills for the job."
"There won't be a lot of change within the city government other than having an elected mayor," said Mark Mansell who supports the passage of both propositions. "Take those areas back out of the city and if the annexation occurs again they will then be given the opportunity to vote which they were not."
Mansell is part of a group who support passing both propositions. They gathered the required signatures and presented them last spring to get the measures on the ballot.
"We're going to continue to annex areas of Pasco that make sense," said Mayor Watkins. He says annexations are part of the urban growth plan and it just makes sense that certain areas are incorporated. He believes by sharing services like sewer and water, it would cost the county less money. "They're trying to change things because they're not happy about one particular issue," he continued.
In Franklin County there are currently just over 30,000 registered voters according to the county web site. The county auditor will start counting ballots on November 5th and NBC Right Now will continue to cover the changes to your local government.