Wednesday, April 16, 2008
With all the rumblings in Mabton, it makes me wonder if the time has come for the town to unincorporate.
Mabton has a proud heritage, to be sure, but unincorporating kind of makes sense, when you think about it.
There would be more accountability through Yakima County, than the current he-said, she-said city government strife, and it might keep the likes of LULAC at bay.
Other entities already assist with police coverage, the town shares its city attorney with other municipalities and Mabton's court system is housed in Sunnyside.
It's no secret Mabton's finances are hanging by a thread that's getting thinner all the time.
Unincorporating might become a financial necessity, especially if all the accusations flying around have merit to them. It almost feels like there's a lawsuit, or two, lurking.
If Mabton unincorporates, there would still be a Mabton School District, and the town would still have police and fire protection.
If Mabton unincorporates it would still be a community with history and heritage, only without the costly day-to-day drama of its city government.