Council discusses ward system

SNOQUALMIE - During a roundtable discussion that preceded its Monday, June 10, meeting, the Snoqualmie City Council stated its desire to discuss options about expanding the council and using voting wards before it starts to figure out the city's budget this summer.

All Snoqualmie City Council members were voted into office at large, meaning they were voted into office by all residents of the city.

Should the city decide to enact wards, members would be elected in a primary election based on what ward they represented, which would be based on where they lived. The members would ultimately, however, be voted on by the city as a whole during the general election in November.

Even if the city should draw ward lines, some at-large positions could remain, depending on what the council decides.

Due to its increase in population, which should eclipse 5,000 by November 2003, Snoqualmie plans to add two additional council positions in January 2003.

Council opinion on the ward system remained mixed, and council members asked city staff for more information on the ward system and how other cities have operated under it.

"I really haven't made up my mind about it," said Councilwoman Marcia Korich. "My mind goes back and fourth."

Councilman Matt Larson, who said he was originally positive toward the idea of creating wards, said he has grown a bit skeptical in recent weeks.

"They're is still a lot of growth coming in," Larson said. "We would have to redraw the wards in a couple years."

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