Franklin Co. commissioneers await judge's decision on Donut Hole annexation

Pasco Donut Hole

Pasco Donut Hole

Residents in Franklin County's Donut Hole will have to wait nearly two more weeks to find out if they'll be able to vote on becoming a new city.

This morning, Franklin County commissioners held a public hearing on the annexation.

Originally, they planned to discuss putting the vote on an upcoming ballot - but they say they don't have enough information to make a decision yet.

Commissioners say they are waiting for a judge to decide if the annexation of the Donut Hole is legal before they make a decision.

They were a hoping a decision would have been made by today, but it hasn't happened yet.

So this morning, commissioners listened to Donut Hole residents speak about the annexation - but they took no action as to whether or not to put the issue on the ballot.

"We don't have all the information. We want to make sure we look at everything correct, we're doing everything legal, and we have every issue solved by that time. And a judge's decision can make a big difference on this" said Commissioner Rick Miller.

Commissioner Miller says he hopes to be able to send the issue to voters so they have their voices heard.

But he does not speak for all the commissioners.

The commissioners have scheduled another public hearing to re-address the issue.

That's scheduled for February 4th at 1 PM.

A new court hearing is expected to take place before the February 4th public hearing.

However, a date for that has not been set yet.