Areas should choose own future

Your Sept. 27 article, “Mukilteo’s population could double,” piqued my interest with what other nearby cities had for future areas of annexation. I learned that the unincorporated communities of Martha Lake, North Creek and Puget Park/Lake Stickney are potentially at the crossroads. Mill Creek and Lynnwood appear to be in dispute about who gets what portion of the Martha Lake area.

Likewise, it appears that North Creek may be divided right down the middle between Mill Creek and Bothell, whereas Puget Park/Lake Stickney face the same fate with Mukilteo and Everett. All three of these communities have a rich commercial tax base – Martha Lake’s 164th Street SW (including the Wal-Mart) and Puget Park’s 128th Street SW, both straddle I-5, whereas North Creek has the Bothell-Everett Highway.

Where will the residents end up, and who will decide their future? The residents in these three communities should realize that remaining unincorporated is no longer an option. They must ask themselves whether having their community split up between neighboring cities is really in their best interest, or if becoming their own city by way of incorporation is a better, more viable option to keep their community intact. To the residents of Martha Lake, North Creek, and Puget Park/Lake Stickney, isn’t it time you chose your future, before it is decided for you?

Will Brandt

Lake Stevens

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