By Richard Van Winkle, News of Mill Creek.
Following an extensive public hearing where many Snohomish County residents spoke in favor of banning fireworks throughout the county, the Snohomish County Council voted unanimously to ask voters for their opinion on the November 5th General Election ballot.
At their Wednesday, July 24, 2019, meeting they decided to put the following question on the ballot: “Should the Snohomish County Council enact an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of consumer fireworks in the unincorporated urban growth areas of Snohomish County?”
This will be a non-binding question, which means the county council doesn’t necessarily have to follow the wishes of the majority.
Many local Snohomish County cities have already banned the discharge and sales of fireworks, and there are now firework restrictions in unincorporated parts of the county.
Urban growth areas around cities are where the county is planning growth in population and jobs.
Population density has already increased extensively in these areas as the county has up-zoned the amount of housing that can be built there.
South County Fire and Rescue recently petitioned the council council to ban fireworks within their service area in order to improve public safety.
The county council is now seeking volunteers to serve on either the pro committee or the con committee for this advisory vote. These committees will come up with statements to be included in the General Election Voters Pamphlet.
If you are interested in serving on either committee, please submit a completed application to the Snohomish County Council no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 31st.
To apply, click on the following link: https://www.snohomishcountywa.gov/AdvVote.
Statements from the committees are to be submitted to the County Auditor by 5:00 pm on Thursday, August 15th.
Rebuttal statements in response to opposing committee statements are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 20th.