March 25, 2014
It’s time to just let Klahanie go
Please, please, let us stop writing about Klahanie.
The Issaquah City Council pushed and pushed to convince the residents of the Klahanie area to join the city. The residents rejected the idea. Now, the council is considering another study of the issue and even talking about carving the area up on a precinct-by-precinct basis, cherry-picking the spots that voted to join.
The balkanization of Klahanie is not the answer. Does that council really want to start down this road of carving up territory after election results come in? Perhaps, in future elections, only people who live in precincts that support a bond measure will have to incur the debt. Maybe people whose precinct supports a losing candidate will get an alternate City Council, so the person they choose can serve them.
The whole area voted, the whole area decided, and now the council should abide by the results and move on with other issues.
Klahanie, of course, isn’t even in Issaquah. Just how much time does the council need to spend on an area that is not part of the city? How many tax dollars and how much staff time does the city need to spend on study after study?
The people are tired of the issue. Those who don’t live in Klahanie are sick of hearing about Klahanie.
Those who do live there are also sick of it. Continuing studies and foot-dragging surrounding the issue don’t help anyone.
The people who live there want the better services and lower taxes that will come with joining a city. It’s clear now that city will be Sammamish. Sammamish, however, can’t really start its own procedures until it know just what parts of the area Issaquah is going to give up.
Asking everyone involved to wait a year — when the people have made their decision quite clear — is a mistake. It’s profoundly unfair to push thousands of Klahanie residents into limbo simply because the City Council and administration did not get the answer it wanted.
Issaquah leaders need to let go of Klahanie, all of Klahanie, and tackle some of the other issues facing the city.