By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Medical Lake, state dispute service contracts

Facilities rely on city services, city says it needs state to pay


If the most recent budget appropriations are any indication, Medical Lake may be losing a long-running battle of wills with the state for funding of municipal services provided to Eastern State Hospital.

The city and the Department of Social and Health Services, whose facilities — the Eastern State Hospital campus and Lakeland Village — take up about half of Medical Lake’s incorporated boundary, have been tied at the hip for decades for the delivery of nearly all the services a municipality typically provides its residents, including law enforcement, fire protection and wastewater tr...

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