City looking for pro/con ballot statement committee members

May 29, 2019

The Mukilteo City Council passed Resolution 2019-07 at last Monday’s meeting to place on the Nov. 5 ballot a measure asking voters to change the current form of government from mayor-council, to a city manager-council format.

With the change in government format, the mayor position would no longer be elected by the voters. Instead, the City Council would be select one of their members to serve as mayor on a rotating basis.

The city manager would be hired by the City Council, and all city staff would be hired and report to the city manager. If voters approve the change in form of government, it would take effect the day the election is certified, or Nov. 26.

The local voter’s pamphlet will contain pro (supporting) and con (against) statements and rebuttals.

The pro committee as a group will write a pro statement of up to 250 words and a 75 word rebuttal to the con committee statement; conversely, the con committee will write a 250 word statement in opposition to the ballot measure and a 75 word rebuttal to the pro committee’s statement. All must be residents of Snohomish County. The City Council can appoint up to three members for each committee.

An application to serve on either committee is available on the city of Mukilteo’s website. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., June 28. The City Council is scheduled to appoint the committee at its July 15 meeting.

If you choose to apply, make sure you are available to work in person and via email on the statements, which are due by the middle of August.

Interested parties can also apply in person at Mukilteo City Hall (11930 Cyrus Way). Hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed over the weekends. For more information, call 425-263-8018.


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