City Council to decide on Klahanie annexation vote

July 16, 2013

By Peter Clark

A potential Klahanie annexation election was to be decided at the July 15 regular council meeting.

Just a week after the City Council referred a resolution calling for an April 2014 election to the Land & Shore Committee, that committee readily handed it back to the council with a full recommendation.

The resolution declares the city’s intent to annex the Klahanie potential annexation area, calls for an election to be held for Klahanie-area voters to decide and asks the voters to take on a proportionate share of Issaquah’s indebtedness. The proportionate share would be determined upon property assessment in the area.

The resolution focused heavily on the Nesbitt Planning Management Inc. study, which covered numerous angles of a potential annexation and resulted in a cost/benefit analysis that concluded with a financial net positive for the city.

Questions were raised at the committee meeting regarding the maintenance of the area’s park and the level of police support, but Marcotte said concerns were assuaged by the findings that had been presented by Tom Nesbitt.

“The analysis that was performed is what we used as a measure,” Marcotte said of the Nesbitt report. “The important thing is that the committee recommended the resolution back to the council.”

The question of an annexation has existed from the time that potential growth areas were established in the late 1990s.

“It was the general feeling that it was time to move this forward,” Land & Shore Committee Chairwoman Stacy Goodman said.

Goodman and committee members Councilman Tola Marts and Council President Fred Butler all voted in favor of recommending the resolution to the full council.

“I myself think it’s time to put this to rest,” Goodman said. “We’ll see what happens with the full council.”

 

What to know

The vote was after The Press’ deadline. Read an update on www.issaquahpress.com.

 

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