October 14, 2014
If everything goes according to plan, the city of Sammamish could set a date for a special election on the Klahanie-area annexation by the end of the year.
Plans to add the roughly 2-square-mile area onto Sammamish’s southeast corner have progressed since February, when Klahanie-area residents voted not to join the city of Issaquah. In April, the two cities announced a deal to transfer the unincorporated area, which includes about 11,000 residents, to Sammamish’s potential annexation area.
October 11, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 11, 2014
In preparing for next year’s annexation vote, the city of Sammamish is hosting an open house for Klahanie-area residents to inform them about services they will receive from the city.
The open house is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave. S.E.
The city has also begun sending residents the city’s newsletter to help inform them about city issues.
April 4, 2014
New: April 4, 3:25 p.m.
Leaders from Sammamish and Issaquah announced a deal April 4 that will provide for the transfer of Klahanie to Sammamish. The agreement is preliminary and will still need to be approved by both city councils.
In broad terms, Sammamish gets Klahanie, and Issaquah gets support on a host of other issues. Read more
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.
February 10, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 10, 2014
Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) announced he would not move ahead with a bill he introduced to alter Issaquah’s tax credit if it were to annex the Klahanie area.
Under current law, Issaquah would get a state sales tax credit for annexing the Klahanie area. Hill introduced a bill Jan. 29 that would have eliminated that credit.
The bill came before the Senate Ways & Means Committee for a public hearing Feb. 4. Hill is chairman of that committee.
In a statement Feb. 6, Hill said he would not continue to advance the legislation.
February 4, 2014
More than one way to community unity
The community is still riding high on the wave of anticipation and celebration of Seahawks glory. It created a new wave of Northwest unity unlike anything in recent memory. Hold on to that feeling!
Coming up is another thriller — the 2014 Olympic Games, beginning Feb. 6. The pride of America grows with every gold medal earned and won in Sochi, Russia.
But let’s not miss out on another opportunity to make a difference in the esprit de corps right here at home. All you have to do is vote. It’s easy, it’s patriotic, it’s essential. And it unites us all.
January 11, 2014
NEW — Noon Jan. 11, 2014
Be sure you’re ready to vote in the Feb. 11 special election by updating your voter registration if you’ve changed your name or address.
If you’re not yet registered to vote, now is a good time.
More than half of King County voters will receive ballots, which will be mailed Jan. 22. Sixteen school districts, the city of Issaquah and the Klahanie Annexation Area have measures on ballots.
January 7, 2014
Brookshire Estates Homeowners Association President Dick L’Heureux likes to tell people he “takes a left and that’s the end of the story.”
By that, he means when he leaves his neighborhood and comes to a “T” junction at Issaquah-Pine Lake Road Southeast, he always turns toward Issaquah. As Klahanie potential annexation area residents vote whether to join Issaquah Feb. 11, reasons like L’Heureux’s and others determine how people decide.
December 10, 2013
NEW — 12:20 p.m. Dec. 10, 2013
Barring county disapproval, a Klahanie annexation vote will occur Feb. 11.
During a special Dec. 9 meeting, the Issaquah City Council officially requested King County to hold a special election for Klahanie Potential Annexation Area residents to decide whether they would like to join the city. The vote was 5-1 with Councilman Tola Marts absent.
The council held a brief public hearing before the vote, limiting speakers to three-minute comments. Five citizens stood to address the council on the vote.
“We’ve been on and off on this for the past 10 years,” Brookshire resident Dick L’Heureux said. “All we want is to be a part of your beautiful city. All we’re asking is a chance to vote.”
October 15, 2013
In quick order, the King County Boundary Review Board unanimously gave preliminary approval Oct. 10 to Issaquah’s annexation request for the Klahanie area.
Two long meetings were held last month where government representatives from Issaquah and Sammamish were joined by a slew of public opinion on the proposed annexation. The Boundary Review Board took the information given and returned with a decision for Klahanie voters to vote on whether Issaquah should include them in its borders.
“None of these are easy,” board member Robert Cook said as the board held informal discussion before a vote. “And a couple factors gave us some sleepless nights. The overriding fact is that the city of Issaquah is responding to a petition of residents that want to be a part of the city. They did what they were asked to do by the citizenry. They did what they are mandated to do by state law. There really aren’t any losers in this, because the citizens will vote on this and determine their own fate. It’s kind of a win-win.”