Mayor Dickhoff vetoes vote and reprimands City Council

As promised, Hoquiam Mayor Jasmine Dickhoff vetoed an ordinance passed by City Council.

The ordinance, related to Capital Facility Charges came to a vote on Monday night after months of discussion.

Approved by the City Council, in a non-unanimous vote, would change the capital facility charges imposed when connecting to new city water and sewer service.

Originally set at charges starting around $3000, the vote would have cut these fees drastically.

Mayor Dickhoff spoke against the adjustment in a previous meeting, saying that she did not feel that the change should be made arbitrarily and these fees are used for projects within the city.

Following the vote on Monday, Mayor Dickhoff immediately vetoed the approval and scolded the council for what she said was an inappropriate decision.

 

In addition to the decision, Mayor Dickhoff spoke out against the process in which it was reached.

 

Following the veto, the Council may vote to bring the motion back to the floor and outvote the Mayor at a future meeting.

 

Full Vote, Veto, and Comments Following

 

 

 

According to RCW 35A.12.130, related to the Mayor-Council Plan of Government;

Every ordinance which passes the council in order to become valid must be presented to the mayor; if he or she approves it, he or she shall sign it, but if not, he or she shall return it with his or her written objections to the council and the council shall cause his or her objections to be entered at large upon the journal and proceed to a reconsideration thereof. If upon reconsideration a majority plus one of the whole membership, voting upon a call of ayes and nays, favor its passage, the ordinance shall become valid notwithstanding the mayor’s veto. If the mayor fails for ten days to either approve or veto an ordinance, it shall become valid without his or her approval.

 

 

The ordinance would have adjusted Hoquiam Municipal Code as follows;

8.10.035 Capital facility charges for new sewer service.

(1) The capital facility charges for new sewer service shall be determined by the size of the water service serving the premises (equivalent residential unit, or ERU) and shall be imposed as follows:

Meter Size

Capital Facility Charges

New Charges

5/8″ x 3/4″

$2,950

$1,500

3/4″ x 3/4″

$4,430

$1,500

1″

$7,380

$2,000

1.5″

$14,760

$4,428

2″

$23,620

$7,086

3″

$47,240

$14,046

4″

$73,810

$22,143

8.12.047 Capital facility charges for new water service.

(1) The capital facility charges for new water service shall be determined by the size of the water service serving the premises (equivalent residential unit, or ERU) and shall be imposed as follows:

Meter Size

Capital Facility Charges

New Charges

5/8″ x 3/4″

$3,140

$200

3/4″ x 3/4″

$4,710

$400

1″

$7,850

$600

1.5″

$15,700

$4,710

2″

$25,120

$7,536

3″

$50,240

$15,072

4″

$78,500

$23,550

6″

$157,000

$46,100

8″

$251,200

$75,360

10″

$392,500

$117,750

 (3) The following situations shall be exempted from payment of the capital facility charges as set forth in subsection (1) of this section:

 (b) The replacement of a building or structure with a new building or structure of the same size and use where no additional or larger water connections are requested if constructed within five years of the demolition of the original building or structure.

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