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- The agreements represent an exchange of a valuable right (water or sewer service in exchange for annexation) and they are valid and enforceable contracts.
- They are recorded as a covenant with the property and thus are binding on future owners.
- The City has the legal right to use the petition method of annexation (where the annexation is approved based on 60% of the property value in an area), so no citizen has been deprived any right to vote.
However, when asked as recently as 2013, the voters of Pasco overwhelmingly (nearly 70%) stated that the recently annexed areas should remain part of the City, and even a clear majority of the voters (59.4%) within those areas chose to stay in Pasco.
2. Lower priced water service - City residents pay 47% less for potable water service (irrigation water is not affected by annexation).
3. Emergency response from City Fire/Police Departments - More first responders serving a smaller area usually provide faster service, and lower ambulance transport charges, as non-residents pay 50% more.
4. Fire Protection - The City will cause additional fire hydrants to be installed over time, improving the ability to suppress structure fires in the area.
5. Lower cost for City recreation programs - City residents are charged about 20% less for recreation facilities and programs and have priority for registration, particularly for swim classes.
6. Code Enforcement - The City uses a five member, citizen Code Enforcement Board to hear and decide issues related to dangerous or unsightly property conditions: for example, weed control, blowing dust and property nuisances.
7. Lower Homeowner Insurance Costs - Upon annexation, fire insurance ratings (determined by insurance industry) will improve from class 7 to class 5, which will produce as much as 15% savings on annual homeowner insurance. You should check with your provider to see what cost savings there may be for your specific property.
8. Elections - City residents retain the right to vote for County Commissioners. New City residents will be able to vote on important City ballot issues such as Council members and any future bond/taxing issues. The City Council makes the final decision on such issues as utility rates, proposed zoning changes and recreation fees, amongst others.
You may advise the City Clerk prior to the meeting that you wish to speak or you may always speak under the citizens participation portion of the meeting.
Communication Services is a division of Executive Department and is responsible for operating Pasco City Television (PSC-TV) Channel 191 on Charter Cable, City publications, cable franchising, and this City of Pasco website.
Under federal law, "franchising authorities" (in Washington State, these are cities and counties) can require cable television companies to negotiate a franchise (in other words, a contract) to provide cable TV service within a municipality. The City of Pasco currently has one non-exclusive franchise with Charter Cable. Follow the link below to download the current franchise document. The City's Executive Department (which Communication Services is a division) negotiates, monitors, and enforces the rules set forth in the franchise. The City collects a franchise fee of 5% of gross revenues from Charter for their use of the public's right-of-way. Communication Services can also assist cable subscribers in resolving complaints and answering questions regarding their cable service. If you are a Charter cable TV customer in the City of Pasco and have an issue that you are unable to resolve directly with Charter, please feel free to contact Communication Services at (509) 545-3485.
Charter/Spectrum Communications639 N Kellogg St, Kennewick. Phone: (888) 439-2427
As a cable customer in Pasco, Communication Services can assist you in resolving billing or service disputes you may have with the cable company. Communication Services can also answer questions you may have regarding the franchise the City has with Charter Communications. These questions may include issues regarding customer service and Pasco City Television.
Communication Services is located in Pasco City Hall on the 3rd Floor.
Communication ServicesPasco City Hall525 N. 3rd AvenuePasco, WA 99301(509) 545-3485
To be appointed a public defender, you must meet BOTH FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY AND CASE ELIGIBILITY standards. Financial Eligibility To be appointed a public defender, you must be considered "indigent." The following circumstances meet Washington indigency standards pursuant to RCW 10.101:
Public defenders are only appointed by a judge, in court, after a determination is made that you qualify for such an attorney. At your initial court date called an arraignment hearing, you will have the opportunity to request a Public Defender. If you request a Public Defender at your arraignment, then the Judge/Court will provide you with a separate mandatory court appointed to apply for a Public Defender (usually, this mandatory court appointment is scheduled the next Wednesday following your arraignment hearing). This mandatory court appointment will be located at front window of the Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. At the mandatory court appointment, the defendant will be required to complete an Indigent Screening Form provided by the court to determine whether he/she qualifies for a Public Defender. The defendants must bring documentation their income.
The following illustrates the process:
Step 1: At your Arraignment, request a Public Defender to assist you on your criminal case. The Judge/Court will provide you will a Mandatory Court Appointment to appear and apply for Public Defender. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT APPEAR AT THIS APPOINTMENT, A WARRANT WILL BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST!
Step 2: At your Mandatory Court Appointment, the Court Clerk will require you to complete a Indigent Screening Form (hyper link). Upon completing this Application, the Court Clerk will notify you whether you qualified for a Public Defender.
Step 3: If you qualify for a Public Defender, the Court Clerk will provide you with an information sheet called the Appointment of Counsel (hyper link). The Appointment of Counsel provides the name and contact information of your Public Defender. More importantly, it provides your next mandatory court hearing. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT APPEAR AT THIS HEARING, A WARRANT WILL BE ISSUED FOR YOUR ARREST!
You have the following five options when you have a warrant for your arrest:
5. You can do nothing and wait until you are arrested by law enforcement.
The court appoints public defenders on a rotational basis from a panel of attorneys. The defendant does not have a choice in who is appointed. If you do not like your public defender, you have the following options:
When you are arrested or charged with a Washington State crime you have many important rights. These rights are guaranteed by the United States Constitution, the Washington State Constitution, statute, case law, and court rule. Protecting these rights for you and all the citizens of Washington State is one of the fundamental jobs of the Office of Pubic Defense. The following is the Rights Form used by the Pasco Municipal Court Rights Form: Rights Form (hyper link)
Landlords have the option of not releasing the keys to the tenant until they verify the service is under the tenant’s name.
Please do not tamper with the meter or the padlock that may be placed on the meter. It is unlawful to turn water on or off at the meter or to tamper with the water meter, associated valves or piping. There will be charges for tampering, any damages to the meter, the cost of the time necessary to repair those damages, and for damaged locks.