Yes. Some property owners feel that the agreements are unfair. They might feel that they have been forced to sign the agreement without prior understanding or notice. Some believe that they should have a right to vote on any annexation. The Washington State Supreme Court has examined each of these arguments several times and has consistently upheld the validity of Power of Attorney documents:
- The agreements represent an exchange of a valuable right (water or sewer service in exchange for annexation) and they are valid and enforceable contracts.
- They are recorded as a covenant with the property and thus are binding on future owners.
- The City has the legal right to use the petition method of annexation (where the annexation is approved based on 60% of the property value in an area), so no citizen has been deprived any right to vote.
However, when asked as recently as 2013, the voters of Pasco overwhelmingly (nearly 70%) stated that the recently annexed areas should remain part of the City, and even a clear majority of the voters (59.4%) within those areas chose to stay in Pasco.