Klahanie votes against annexation; Issaquah approves the bag ban
February 25, 2014
Issaquah’s ban on plastic bags still stands, while a Klahanie-area annexation continues to fall short.
As of Feb. 21, 1,504, or 49.51 percent, of the residents in the Klahanie area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,534, or 50.49 percent, voted against it.
Although the measure needs 60 percent to pass with the new residents sharing the city’s indebtedness, the City Council can still choose to annex the area if the vote receives a simple majority. Under that scenario, the Klahanie area would not assume its share of the city’s current indebtedness.
So far, 3,591, or 47.67 percent, of Issaquah’s voters approve repealing the city’s plastic bag ban, while 3,942, or 52.33 percent, want to keep it. The measure needs a simple majority to pass.
Results are still in favor of approving the Issaquah School District’s three levies. Renewing the maintenance and operations levy has 69.27 percent (15,222 votes) in favor and 30.73 percent (6,754 votes) opposed. The technology and critical repairs levy has 70.29 percent (15,126 votes) in favor and 29.71 percent (6,393 votes) opposed. The school bus levy has 70.88 percent (14,809 votes) in favor and 29.12% (6,085 votes) opposed.
Levy passage requires the support of at least 50 percent of voters.
King County Elections certified the official results Feb. 25, but those numbers were unavailable at press time.