Group seeks to reverse Pasco annexations, change form of government

By Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldJune 19, 2013 

More than 3,000 petition signatures have been collected seeking to reverse recent Pasco annexations and to take the city manager out of power.

Franklin County resident Roger Lenk and the Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation plan to bring the petitions Friday to the Franklin County Courthouse with the goal of adding two measures to the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

The first petition, which has 1,842 signatures on 50 pages, calls for reducing the size of the city by eliminating the 2009 annexation at Court Street and Road 76 and the 2013 annexation in the doughnut hole area, which generally is south of Argent Road between Road 100 on the west and Road 44 to the east and Sylvester and Court streets to the south. About 4,000 people live there.

Lenk, a leader in the citizen group, said the annexations were opposed by large groups of residents in those areas.

The other petition, which has 1,767 signatures on 45 pages, would require the city to move to a mayor-council form of government instead of the current system that makes the city manager the executive officer.

Lenk said more than 81 percent of Washington cities use the mayor-council plan, including three of the state's six largest cities.

Lenk, a resident of a part of Riverview that remains unincorporated, said both petitions had more than the 889 signatures required to place a measure on the ballot, which is based on the number of voters in the 2011 municipal election.

The auditor's office will review the petitions to verify the signatures once they are turned in, Lenk said.

Lenk was not among the signers of the letter to Auditor Matt Beaton that accompanies the petitions, or the petitions themselves, because he doesn't live in the city. Instead, Pasco residents who are members of Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation were listed.

Fewer than 5 percent of residents presented with the petition refused to sign it, Lenk said.

"It was very enjoyable going out and getting the signatures because people want to see a change," he said.

Petitioners and supporters are planning to gather on the courthouse steps at 2 p.m. Friday before turning in the paperwork.

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