Annexation area

Homeowners within the annexation area have shared their thoughts on the process. Three public hearings will follow.

City residents receive fire, police, water and sewage, among other services, while people under county jurisdiction are served by other entities.

The annexation could offer a chance for property owners along the Necanicum River to hook up to city sewer. Right now, many of those properties are on septic systems, with the potential for contamination should those systems fail, City Manager Mark Winstanley said.

Without annexation, development would be limited.

“The development of the property is going to be restricted by the fact that there’s not sewer in that area,” he said.

City councilors asked staff to address potential costs for property owners facing annexation.

It could be a trade-off, Winstanley said. Clatsop County residents served by Seaside Fire & Rescue, for example, now pay an assessment for fire services.

“If they come into the city, they’ll still be covered by the same fire department, but the city taxes will pay for fire services at that point and they no longer will be in the rural fire district,” he said.

Residents now under county jurisdiction would see an increase of about $1.80 per thousand of their home’s assessed value, Assistant City Manager Jon Rahl added.

Editor

R.J. Marx is editor of the Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette, and covers South County for The Daily Astorian. Reach him at 971-320-4557 or rmarx@seasidesignal.com.

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