To the Editor
January 14, 2014
Annexation is about home more than about services
Annexation is about more than efficiencies of service. Annexation is also about home, and we have all heard the phrase that “home is where the heart is.”
When the first ground was broken for Klahanie, Issaquah was the nearest city where the residents could shop and participate in community activities. In short, the residents of Klahanie have always thought of themselves as being part of the Issaquah community and calling Issaquah home.
The same is true for many of the current residents of Issaquah as well. The folks who live in the Klahanie area have always been part of our community. From the time they moved in, we sat side by side in community meetings of all sorts.
Dave Kappler and I will just have to disagree on this one, because I think the annexation question is about more than just efficiencies of service. After all, if efficiency of service were the only thing of concern, we would all live in Seattle or Bellevue so that we would be closer to our work. We chose to live in Issaquah for very personal reasons that probably didn’t include proximity to a fire station or police station.
It seems to me that as this annexation question is getting decided we should all remember to be good neighbors — we should all be inclusive in our thinking rather than exclusive. At the end of the day, the planet isn’t getting any bigger and there will be more people sharing it together.
Klahanie homeowners — think about unintended consequences
In 2005, we were spooked into failing to do the right thing — annexing to Issaquah — by a barrage of fabricated concerns, half-truths and mistruths that subsequently proved to be baseless — as South Cove residents can well attest.
What did our timidity get us? Eight years of higher taxes and minimal services from King County is what it got us.
Projecting the present tax differential between King County and what we would pay to Issaquah over those years calculates to between $6,000 and $7,000 in added taxes paid by this homeowner, while receiving minimal services.
The same opposing forces to our annexation to Issaquah are at work now as in 2005, and their monetary and political motivation is the same — and it isn’t saving you tax dollars! Klahanie residents should be well aware that the subject of the annexation vote to be held Feb. 11 is the same as it was in 2005 — to annex to a fine city that will serve us well and listen to our concerns — or buy into another indeterminate period of higher taxes, minimal services and an uncertain future — again!
This time, let us vote in our best interest. Vote yes for annexation to Issaquah.
Richard A. L’Heureux
It’s better to be informed than to be alarmed
I bought my home on the plateau in 1993. While, for the most part I have been pleased by this decision, I must report that I have been increasingly disappointed in the support our area has received from King County, especially considering the taxation level we endure.
I’ve been following the subject of annexation to Issaquah closely, and it seems pretty clear to me that there are significant benefits to be derived from such a move — too many to elaborate on in this one letter, but lower taxes, improved public services and the potential of improved road maintenance while having a significantly louder voice in government come to mind for a few.
I need to make an observation, though — whenever I read letters in opposition to annexation, there seems to be a common theme of alarm but a paucity of concrete information. An example of this is the hair-on-fire approach taken to the Issaquah Highlands storm water runoff subject — there was great blustering but minimal data on it, but once the political purpose appeared to have been served, the subject faded into anonymity.
Back to my subject — I’d much rather be informed than unjustly alarmed!
‘Campaign literature’ was not sent by water district
Mr. Paul Hutton recently sent a letter to The Press (“Slur campaign shouldn’t enter into vote,” Dec. 31) regarding a letter he received that he claims came from the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District and is circulating in Klahanie.
The district would like to note that Mr. Hutton is not quoting from anything written or produced by the district. Contrary to Mr. Hutton’s statements, the district has no such campaign literature.
The district believes that people should be informed about issues regarding their water, and continues to provide factual information for its customers and the public. All communications produced in the past year can be viewed on our websites, www.spwsd.org and letstalkaboutourwater.org, and nowhere will you find language that even remotely approaches that which Mr. Hutton has quoted.
The district is curious about the origin of said letters and “campaign literature” and would like to see the actual materials in order to eliminate any confusion. We welcome Mr. Hutton to share this information with us so we can clarify the situation.
The district’s mission is to protect all groundwater sources that provide safe drinking water for our customers, and believes in keeping customers informed about matters that impact their water. If others have any information about this “campaign literature” as presented by Mr. Hutton, please send it to the Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District, 1510 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish, WA 98075. You may also call 392-6256 if you have any information regarding the origins of these materials. Thank you.
Jay Krauss, general manager
Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District
Vote yes for much-needed education dollars
I am writing to encourage the residents of the Issaquah School District to vote yes on three school levies that will be on the Feb. 11 ballot.
We have three replacement levies that we as a school district will be voting on and we need to all vote yes.
Compared to our surrounding school districts, the Issaquah School District is at a financial disadvantage with the funding it receives. The Issaquah School District does an incredible job with the education it delivers to our students, even with this financial disadvantage.
The Maintenance and Operations levy alone provides 21 percent of the Issaquah School District’s operating budget. This money is crucial in continuing the high quality of education the district provides our children.
Please vote yes and encourage those around you to do the same!