City Council delays Klahanie annexation vote to 2014

July 9, 2013

By Staff

Should the City Council decide to put the issue of annexation to the Klahanie potential annexation area citizens, it will not happen until 2014.

During the July 1 meeting, the council passed a bill in the consent agenda that sent an official intent to annex the Klahanie PAA to the Council Land & Shore Committee for review.

Contained within the agenda bill is the administration’s recommendation for adopting the resolution and mentions a later-than-expected date for a prospective vote.

“The administration recommends adoption of the resolution initiating an annexation election for the Klahanie PAA and filing of a notice of intent to annex with the King County Boundary Review Board,” the approved agenda bill reads. “The administration also recommends that the annexation election be held on April 2014.”

The final draft of the annexation study was presented to the council last month and this is the next stage in the city’s appraisal of whether to hold an election. The Land & Shore Committee will review the resolution and return it to the full council during the July 15 regular meeting.

Though a 2013 election date was never explicitly planned, Mayor Ava Frisinger said that it was expected. The timing did not work out, however.

“The completion of the study and doing meaningful analysis made it very, very tight to make it on a 2013 ballot,” Frisinger said, adding that external factors also played a role. “There was also uncertainty in the state about the sales tax sharing and whether it would continue.”

She said pushing back the possible election would not cause any problems and instead provide more time for insightful consideration.

“We know that the timing would be somewhat tight,” she said. “It just took a little longer to get the documents out and to have the public meetings.”


If you go

City Council regular meeting

  • 7 p.m. July 15
  • Council chambers
  • 135 E. Sunset Way


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5 Responses to “City Council delays Klahanie annexation vote to 2014”

  1. jeffr on July 10th, 2013 8:00 am

    insightful consideration? i think the mayor means more public comment and the opportunity to get more people from issaquah to step up and tell the council if this is something they want – we’ve heard enough from klahanie people – what about what issaquah wants!!!

  2. Kathleen on July 10th, 2013 7:59 pm

    I am not surprised about the delay . .Issaquah does not want Klahanie. They have made that clear time and time again. Disappointed though! Good thing we are serviced by the Sammamish Police and King County Sheriff who I always see driving through Klahanie.

  3. Anonymous on July 11th, 2013 3:19 am


  4. Smoley on July 11th, 2013 10:00 am

    It’s too bad that the citizens of Issaquah won’t get a chance to vote on whether to annex Klahanie or not. Wonder why that’s not required?

  5. bryan weinstein on July 15th, 2013 8:57 am

    klahanie voted on this years ago. they said no. we can argue about wether or not that was a truly informed vote, but votes count and votes matter. the voters voted and they decided. why are we entertaining this again? who is driving this repeat of all repeats and why? this matters more to issaquah citizens now than klahanie citizens as the economics have changed and issaquah is already on track to be bigger than los angeles in the next few years. we should be thinking about that.

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