Doughnut hole petition signatures validated

The Franklin County Auditor's Office has validated two petitions that were submitted last week by a citizen group.

That means on Nov. 5 voters will be asked whether they want to change Pasco's form of government.

Voters could create a mayor-council form of government instead of the current system in which the city manager is the executive officer hired by the council. That petition had 1,767 signatures.

The second petition submitted by Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation calls for reducing the size of Pasco by eliminating the 2009 annexation at Court Street and Road 76 and the 2013 annexation of the doughnut hole area.

That area includes the area south of Argent Road, between Road 100 to the west and Road 44 to the east and Sylvester and Court streets to the south. About 4,000 people live there.

For that petition, organizers collected 1,842 signatures.