During regular session on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 the Douglas County Board of Commissioners moved to decline to sign the proposed East Wenatchee Annexation Interlocal Agreement. The Board, The City of East Wenatchee, and staff from each agency, engaged in this newly created method during the last year in good faith with the intention of exploring a theoretically more streamlined and efficient annexation process that had the potential to serve both the community and each jurisdiction.
After fully considering all of the public comment in opposition received by the Board throughout the annexation review process, during, and following the joint public hearing, the Board did not feel that it was the right decision for their citizens to move ahead at this time. This decision was not reached casually and no direction had been decided prior to hearing the comments provided by the public.
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners takes seriously their commitment in representing and serving their constituents. While they are sincerely appreciative of the support and cooperation of the City of East Wenatchee during this time, it was ultimately determined that more direct input of the public is appropriate for this action. Public involvement is a cornerstone of our government; the Douglas County Board of Commissioners is dedicated to preserving this vital component.