PASCO -- Pasco City Council members weren't sure whether they wanted to approach Franklin County and Franklin Fire District 3 about an annexation plan for a two-mile chunk of county land swallowed by city boundaries.
The council postponed the decision Monday and may hold a special meeting next week to take up the topic.
The state Legislature approved a process where cities negotiate with counties and fire districts on annexations as an alternative to having city councils annex land by approving an ordinance when property owners of 60 percent of the assessed value in the area have signed annexation agreements.
Councilman Al Yenney said he wanted more information before moving forward, including what the financial impact would be.
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But Mayor Matt Watkins pointed out that the agreement on the table was whether to start the process that would determine that information.
The proposal was to send notice to the county and fire district of the city's interest in discussing a possible agreement to annex the so-called doughnut hole land. That notice would trigger a 40-day time period for the county and fire district to respond, Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield said.
The fire district, city and county then would come to an agreement on a timeline and appropriate conditions, such as sharing the area's tax revenue with the fire district for to minimize the effects of the transition.
Councilman Mike Garrison moved to start the negotiation process, but no one seconded the motion, so no vote was taken.
The city council unanimously passed a six-month moratorium on the establishment of medical marijuana collective gardens within Pasco.
The moratorium is intended to give the city time to determine what Pasco needs to set in place for such gardens, Watkins said.
The state allows collective gardens, but the city can determine appropriate zoning, business license and health and safety requirements.