The purpose of the petition circulating in the Pasco doughnut hole is to give county residents a voice and to place in the matter of city annexation on the ballot once and for all, no matter what their positions are. This way, everyone will have a say in a democratic fashion.
It was explained by the folks getting signatures that there is a choice, a choice to do nothing and be forced by the city of Pasco or a choice to look at incorporating a new city. There is no "staying the same as we are now" in our future, thanks to the city.
The people out getting signatures are your neighbors who love their homes and rural lifestyle. They are going out on their own time so that we have a say on what happens to our most important investment, our home.
The homes in the doughnut hole have the best property values and create a valuable tax base, so valuable the city of Pasco wants to claim if for its own.
A website is available to help you make an informed decision on the matter, www.citizensforlifestyle-preservation.org. Read, gather information and become educated on this matter. Your lifestyle as you know it today depends on it.
MICHELLE MASTER, Pasco