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You ask. We'll answer.

(Originally posted on September 2, 2020)

What questions, concerns or suggestions do you have regarding your community? You ask and our reporters will work to bring you the answers.

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Living in the gray zone

On more than one occasion, I have found that the location of my home means no help is coming. I live on a Forest Service road in Chelan County, with a mailing address for Leavenworth. But because I am not within Leavenworth city limits, I don't get to vote on matters concerning the city, nor do I receive city services. I am in Chelan County; but because I am on a USFS road, police have declined to assist on some issues, and the county doesn't offer assistance for things like emergency snow removal. Although the road is USFS, they do no maintenance and accept no responsibility, either. My neighbors and I are truly on our own. The only agency that has provided consistent, valuable service is the Chelan PUD, which, besides providing vital electricity, laid fiberoptic cable here luckily before the pandemic hit, providing us with excellent internet connection that we greatly appreciate. These circumstances make me wonder about how unequally services may be provided to people within the county. As far as I know, we all pay the same property tax rates; but services are not necessarily equitably distributed. I'd be interested in learning more about this situation and how others might find themselves in "gray zones," where they are taxed but not served at the same level as people in other areas.