Everyone should have their Voter’s Pamphlets and ballots by now and if you are one of the almost 6,300 residents in Lake Stevens that are being asked to vote on Lake Stevens Sewer District Proposition 1, here’s what that means for you.
Approximately 1,500 acres inside the Lake Stevens’ city limits (marked in green on the map to the right) are not currently annexed into the Lake Stevens Sewer District boundary but are currently being served by the District, according to the Unified Sewer Services agreement that was signed by the City and Sewer District in 1995.
The goal is to include these residents into the Unification Agreement.
“There was 1,500 acres and a small amount of residents not in the Lake Stevens Sewer District but are being serviced by the district,” Lake Stevens City Administrator Jan Berg explained. “A portion of the old part of the city was included in those boundaries. This vote only affects those who are in the original city limits who are not in the sewer district.”
Annexation into the District would not change the voter’s sewer service.
Voters in these areas currently do not have the chance to vote for Sewer Commissioners nor do they have the opportunity to run for a Commission position with the Sewer District. By annexing these residents they will be given those opportunities.
“During the last election people went to run for those positions and were told they couldn’t because they were not part of the Sewer District,” Berg explained. “We are fixing the sewer district boundary to match the city.”
“It was on the radar when we were negotiating the unification agreement but it didn’t come to light until we had two people who wanted to run for commissioner last year. It is giving them a voice on the commission,” Tonya Christoffersen, Deputy Manager of Administration for the Lake Stevens Sewer District said.
This annexation does not cost taxpayers or ratepayers anything, it is merely a formality so that residents will have voting rights. This will also provide, if needed, public based economic assistance tools. This is simply a matter of aligning the City and Sewer District boundaries to better serve the citizens in the greater Lake Stevens community.
If you have questions or concerns please contact Jan Berg at 425-334-1012 or Darwin Smith at 425-334-8588.