Fireworks Ban PRO/CON Committees
The Stanwood City Council adopted Resolution 2023-04 requesting the Snohomish County Auditor to place an advisory measure on the November 2023 ballot regarding whether to prohibit fireworks in the city. The City is seeking city residents to serve on committees to voice pros and/or cons of the fireworks ban. Once committees are selected, Snohomish County will contact the committee chairs with submission requirements and deadlines. Committee member names will appear in the local voters’ pamphlet in conjunction with the ballot measure.
Individuals interested in serving in this capacity must submit an application to the City Clerk no later than 3:00 pm on Monday, June 19, 2023. The Mayor will consider those citizens who express interest in serving on the Pro and Con Statement Committees and make appointments Wednesday, June 21, 2023. Following appointments, the Pro and Con Statement Committee member names will be submitted to Snohomish County Elections Office on June 23, 2023. The Committee members must submit their Pro and Con statements for the Voter Pamphlets to Snohomish County Elections by August 11, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. and rebuttal statements by August 16, 2023, at 5:00 p.m.
Pro/Con Committees Timeline Requirements:
- June 19 - Pro/Con Applications due
- June 21 - Mayor Appoint Committee Members
Once the pro and con Committees have been appointed, Snohomish County Elections will work with the committee chairs to collect the statements.
- August 11 - Pro/Con Statements Due
Pro/con Statement Limited to 250 Words
- August 14 - Statements Provided to Opposing Committees
- August 16 - Pro/Con Rebuttals due (submit to SnoCo Elections Office)
Pro/Con Rebuttals Limited to 75 Words
Under Stanwood Municipal Code Chapter 5, the City of Stanwood currently allows consumer sales, purchase, and use of fireworks in the city limits. This ballot proposition is a non-binding advisory vote that allows residents to inform the Stanwood City Council whether they are for or against prohibiting consumer sales, purchase, and use of fireworks within the City of Stanwood. A "Yes" vote means the voter is in favor of prohibiting consumer sales, purchase, and use of fireworks within the City of Stanwood. A "No" vote means the voter is in favor of allowing consumer sales, purchase, and use of fireworks within the City of Stanwood as laid out in Stanwood Municipal Code Chapter 5. The outcome of this advisory vote will provide input to the Stanwood City Council in its decision-making process to evaluate whether to modify the City's existing law, which currently allows consumer sales, purchase, and use of fireworks in the city limits of City of Stanwood.
Visit Snohomish County Elections for more information.