January 14, 2014
Sammamish offers Klahanie a choice
By this time next week, ballots for the Feb. 11 election will be in the mail and voters in the Klahanie annexation area will be choosing future services for their homes.
The Klahanie annexation vote continues to be mostly an emotional one for many we have spoken with. It’s easy to say yes to annexation, understanding that property taxes will go down, and road and safety services will go up. And after all, those residents already have an Issaquah address and live in the Issaquah School District, and drive through the city nearly every day.
But there is another option. Should Klahanie voters — and those in nearby neighborhoods within the annexation area — decide to turn down Issaquah’s offer, Sammamish is ready to welcome them into the city to the north.
Sammamish has been listening to concerns and has already promised that should Klahanie want to be annexed into that city instead, they will keep one police officer on the streets of Klahanie 24/7, ensure representation on city commissions and committees, and hold public hearings and meetings in Klahanie. And fix the roads. Taxes would not be as low as in Issaquah, but taxes would be lower than Klahanie residents currently pay.
Isn’t it nice to be wanted? Two cities, two options.
We believe Sammamish is the better choice for Klahanie residents. It would mean waiting a while longer to get annexed, but long-range opportunity for local government decision-making is to be considered.
An address change to Sammamish may be just too much for Klahanie residents to deal with, although that’s a silly reason to vote yes to the ballot question.
Consider the options carefully before you vote. Take time to study the facts, then vote with your head, not just with your heart.