Is it Even Worth the Stamp?


Tuesday is the last day to get your primary ballots in the mail. For Mountlake Terrace residents the ballot is pretty boring. There are four MLT city council positions that will be on the ballot in November (see details here), but there are only two candidates for each position, causing a primary vote to be unneccesary.

For most of us there are only two positions that we are voting for. The first is the Snohomish County Council District 4 position. Even though there is only one opponent to current council member Dave Gossett, this position is still on the ballot, making it just a “beauty contest.” Facing off with Dave Gossett is Bob Meador of Lynnwood. The result of the primary here won’t change a thing, both Gossett and Meador will be on the ballot in November.

The only other position on the ballot for most MLT residents is a position on the Alderwood Water and Wastewater District Board. There are three people running for this position, one of who is the incumbent, Donna Cross.

Since most of you(and I) get your water bill from the city of Mountlake Terrace, I didn’t even understand why we were voting for the Alderwood board. Here is how it works:

The drinking water source for Mountlake Terrace is surface water and snowmelt that flows to Spada Lake in the Sultan Basin. The City of Everett manages water treatment and distribution to various water purveyors in Snohomish County through a water use agreement. Everett supplies water to the Alderwood Water District. The Alderwood Water District then supplies water to the City of Mountlake Terrace.

So, is it even worth the stamp to mail your ballot? Maybe. Maybe not.

The Mountlake Terrace city council races in November are sure to heat up here real soon, there are already tons of yard signs out. We’ll be covering the races in the coming weeks and months.

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