Have you noticed things getting crowded lately? Washington’s population is growing. By 2025, 833,000 people are expected to move to Washington State. That’s the equivalent of another Richland, Vancouver, Tacoma, Spokane, Bellingham, and Yakima combined! Or 12 packed Seahawks stadiums! Two-thirds of the state’s population already live in cities because cities are where we live, learn, work, and play. State law actually encourages growth in cities to preserve our farm lands and open spaces, and to be efficient with your tax dollars. And this means that in many cities budgets are already stretched thin, and we need to figure out how to serve our growing population. More people living and working in cities means more demand for services like parks, transportation, police, fire, water, and sewer. All these things cost money. Growth is happening, we all need to work together to plan and pay for it.