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.”
September 24, 2013
In a meeting that stretched over two nights, the King County Boundary Review Board watched a local tug of war over Issaquah’s intent to annex the Klahanie area.
The Boundary Review Board is responsible for guiding and controlling the growth of municipalities. The quasi-judicial body is empowered to make decisions on incorporations, annexations, mergers and more. It will decide whether to allow an annexation vote to Klahanie-area residents by its next regular meeting Oct. 10. On Sept. 18 and 19, it heard government and public testimony about Issaquah’s intent to annex the potential annexation area and more.
July 30, 2013
With a vote of 6-1, the Issaquah City Council decided July 15 to place the future of Klahanie’s residents in the hands of the area’s voters.
As opposed to the vocal public hearings and numerous hours examining the Nesbitt Planning Inc. financial study, City Finance Director Diane Marcotte delivered a short presentation and City Administrator Bob Harrison summarized the Land & Shore Committee’s recommendation that the council send the decision to voters in February.
“When we go through and look at the cost that they’re currently paying, versus what they would pay if they came into the city of Issaquah, they would be paying about $380 less a year,” Marcotte said of Klahanie residents’ property tax. She added that the study found annexation would be beneficial to Issaquah as well. “Each year, we should be having some additional revenue, and that is around $650,000 a year. There still is sufficient revenue, but it may take a little longer to accomplish some of the council’s goals.”
July 16, 2013
Within the next few months, residents of Klahanie will get calls from pollsters wondering how much they like Sammamish.
The triangular wedge of unincorporated King County borders Sammamish on two sides and Issaquah on the third. State law assumes that at some point one city or the other will absorb the area, which is home to more than 10,000 people.
Under current standards, only Issaquah has the option to do so. The city may put it to a vote as soon as April 2014.
July 16, 2013
A potential Klahanie annexation election was to be decided at the July 15 regular council meeting.
Just a week after the City Council referred a resolution calling for an April 2014 election to the Land & Shore Committee, that committee readily handed it back to the council with a full recommendation.
The resolution declares the city’s intent to annex the Klahanie potential annexation area, calls for an election to be held for Klahanie-area voters to decide and asks the voters to take on a proportionate share of Issaquah’s indebtedness. The proportionate share would be determined upon property assessment in the area.