A recent annexation action by the City of Longview will be halted pending the outcome of a referendum for residents of the annexation area to vote whether to be annexed into the City of Longview or not. The method of annexation used by the City of Longview allows for a petitioner to put the question of annexation to a public vote by the residents of the annexation area. The Cowlitz County Auditor certifies that a petition with a sufficient number of valid signatures to cause a vote has been filed. The vote will be held at the next general election, November 2019. Until a vote is held, the West Longview Annexation is on hold and the area remains in Cowlitz County jurisdiction. The residents of the annexation area will not begin to save an estimated $523.00 annually on their utilities until the area is annexed (estimated annual savings breakdown is attached on page 2 and more information is online at mylongview.com search for ‘annexation’ [https://www.mylongview.com/154/Annexation].
[Background] The City Of Longview, in cooperation with Cowlitz County and Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue, sought to annex approximately 237 acres of land into the city through an interlocal agreement annexation process on March 14, 2019 by ordinance No. 3394. The annexation area includes all the land in West Longview that is currently not located within City limits and is along the Ocean Beach Highway corridor between 40th Avenue and 52nd Avenue. The area includes property on both the north and south sides of Ocean Beach Highway. The annexation ordinance is not in effect and may be repealed or not repealed as a result of a referendum election.