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Mabton annexation hearing extended because of no-shows last night

MABTON - In what will be the largest land addition to the city of Mabton in its 100-year history, no one last night except state agencies appeared to be interested in its impact on the tiny little community.

No one from the areas being considered for annexation attended last night's public hearing held as part of the Mabton City Council meeting.

"We are extending the deadline for public comment until the Oct. 26 Council meeting," said Ildia Jackson, Mabton city administrator.

Tuesday evening the Council was ready to take comment on the proposed annexation of the old high school property, the Northwest Horticulture greenhouse property and the plat of land known as the Clark Addition, located along side State Route 22. The combined annexation proposals will more than double the city's property tax revenues once completed.

Jackson read written comments from such state agencies as the Department of Ecology, Department of Transportation, as well as the Yakima County Clear Air Authority and the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District. No other letters of interest were available.

The City of Mabton is in the process of adding 60 acres in the Allison Road area, which includes the Northwest Horticulture greenhouse and about 20 houses which are currently on city water lines.

Jackson said the residents in the proposed annexation can expect to see lower water rates once the area becomes part of the city limits.

In addition, their property taxes may also do down, " she said. She said letters will go out to all of the residents in the area to alert them to the public hearing extension.

Jackson said the old high school property, including a slip of property bordering the current Mabton High School, is also being considered for annexation. The third property being considered for annexation runs along side of State Route 22.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at jhart@eaglenewspapers.com

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