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Fireworks Back on the Ballot

April 24, 2018 Special Election
An Act Regarding the Regulation of Consumer Fireworks

BALLOT TITLE

City of Tumwater Initiative No. 1 concerns the rights of residents to buy, possess and discharge fireworks allowed by state law.

This measure would permit the sale, possession, and discharge of those fireworks allowed by state law (repealing Ordinance No. O2016-034), restrict the number of permits issued to sell fireworks, set the dates of sale of fireworks from June 28 through July 4th, and allow the City Council to restrict (but not eliminate entirely) the hours of fireworks use during periods of extreme fire danger. 

Should this measure be enacted into law?      YES      NO

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

This Initiative allows the sale, possession and use of consumer fireworks. It repeals the ban enacted by Ordinance No. O2016-034, on December 6, 2016 after passage of an advisory ballot measure supporting a ban on the sale, possession and discharge of consumer fireworks.

The Initiative amends the previously enacted Tumwater Municipal Code 8.30, which allowed the sale, possession and use of fireworks, by 1) allowing the retail sales of consumer fireworks to begin each year on June 28, three days earlier than previously allowed; 2) reducing the maximum allowable number of retail sales permits from one permit for each two thousand residents to one permit for each four thousand residents; and 3) eliminating the fire chief’s authority to temporarily restrict or prohibit the discharge of fireworks in the event of extreme fire danger and, instead, requiring the fire chief to notify the City Council when three specific thresholds are met after which the Council may restrict, but not eliminate entirely, the hours of use.


City Council Adopts Resolution Opposing Initiative No. 1

Regulation of Consumer Fireworks

 At the Tuesday, April 3, 2018 meeting of the Tumwater City Council, Resolution R2018-009 was adopted by unanimous vote.

The Resolution expresses the City Council’s collective opposition to City of Tumwater Initiative No. 1, which goes to voters on the April 24, 2018 Special Election Ballot.

Initiative No. 1 (full text) concerns the right to buy, possess and discharge consumer fireworks.  If passed, the initiative would repeal the current ban on fireworks that prohibits the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within the Tumwater City limits, and amend the prior code. The proposed new Tumwater Municipal Code is included in the full text of Initiative No. 1 

In the adopted Resolution, the Council urges citizens of Tumwater to vote no on April 24, 2018.

As stated in the Resolution, the City Council believes passage of Initiative No.1:

  • would be contrary to the 2016 advisory ballot results,
  • could endanger the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City by eliminating the authority to prohibit the discharge of fireworks in times of extreme fire danger, and
  • once passed, cannot be repealed or amended except by a vote of the people.

Council finds that it is in the best interests of its residents and the City to express its collective position in opposition to Initiative No. 1.

Under state law, city councils may express collective decisions and support or oppose ballot propositions.

2016 Council Adoption of Ordinance to Prohibit Fireworks

At their regular meeting on December 6, 2016, the Tumwater City Council adopted Ordinance No. O2016-034, prohibiting the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within the Tumwater City limits. In accordance with State law, the effective date of the ordinance will be one year after its passage and publication.

This action followed an advisory vote of the citizens of Tumwater on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot in support of prohibiting the sale and discharge of fireworks within the City of Tumwater at all times of the year with the exception of public displays and the sale, use and discharge of small trick and novelty devices. 

View election results for Advisory Proposition No. 1 on the Thurston County Auditor's Office website. 

2016 Council Adoption of Ordinance to Prohibit Fireworks

At their regular meeting on December 6, 2016, the Tumwater City Council adopted Ordinance No. O2016-034, prohibiting the sale, possession, and discharge of consumer fireworks at all times within the Tumwater City limits. In accordance with State law, the effective date of the ordinance will be one year after its passage and publication.

This action followed an advisory vote of the citizens of Tumwater on the November 8, 2016 general election ballot in support of prohibiting the sale and discharge of fireworks within the City of Tumwater at all times of the year with the exception of public displays and the sale, use and discharge of small trick and novelty devices. 

View election results for Advisory Proposition No. 1 on the Thurston County Auditor's Office website.