Editorial

March 4, 2014

It’s time to let Klahanie go

Issaquah made the best offer it could to Klahanie, but most residents in the area are no longer interested in being part of that city. It’s time to let them go.

It had always been assumed that Klahanie would eventually become part of Issaquah. Indeed, the southern half of what is now Sammamish was at one envisioned as part of Issaquah.

Sammamish, of course, went its own way and formed its own city. In 2005, when Issaquah last attempted to annex Klahanie, Sammamish was fairly new — it didn’t even have a proper city hall yet.

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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.

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Voters, so far: Bag ban stands, Klahanie stays unincorporated

February 18, 2014

Eleven thousand people might still be searching for a home.

King County Elections released preliminary numbers for the Klahanie-area annexation vote Feb. 11 and the numbers stand close on whether to join Issaquah.

At the end of the first week of vote counting, 1,490, or 49.4 percent, of the residents in the area voted in favor of the annexation and to take on the encumbered debt of Issaquah, while 1,524, or 50.6 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.

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Sen. Andy Hill stops Klahanie bill to block tax credit

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.

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Senate bill takes aim at potential annexation tax credit

February 4, 2014

Annexing Klahanie would be much less palatable for Issaquah if a bill introduced by state Sen. Andy Hill (R-45) is approved.

Hill, who represents the northern half of Sammamish, introduced a bill Jan. 29, which would mean a drastic reduction to Issaquah’s expected revenue from an annexation.

Councilman Don Gerend said the Sammamish City Council did have a hand in bringing the bill to the Senate, and to Hill, chairman of the Senate’s budget-writing committee.

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Residents bring questions, decisions to annexation open house

February 4, 2014

For Klahanie-area residents’ remaining questions, the city of Issaquah offered answers.

As the deadline approached for the Feb. 11 vote on whether people living in the potential annexation area would join Issaquah, city employees held an open house Feb. 1. Directors from most city departments came prepared with maps and answers to any questions residents could ask.

Department heads, police officers and Mayor Fred Butler headed into the middle of the annexation area and hosted the event at Klahanie’s Challenger Elementary School. Curious residents and the undecided showed up to ask questions in a session that lasted an afternoon.

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Annexation at what cost to Issaquah residents?

January 14, 2014

By Greg Farrar Diane Marcotte, city of Issaquah finance director, says a planning and management study plus legal and research expenses has cost the city $111,103 to consider the potential Klahanie-area annexation.

By Greg Farrar
Diane Marcotte, city of Issaquah finance director, says a planning and management study plus legal and research expenses has cost the city $111,103 to consider the potential Klahanie-area annexation.

Annexing the Klahanie area would lead to many costs and benefits for Issaquah residents according to the city-commissioned Nesbitt Planning and Management study, but questions remain.

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Sammamish makes offer to Klahanie-area residents

January 14, 2014

The Sammamish City Council is trying to make the Klahanie annexation area an offer it can’t refuse.

The council voted unanimously Jan. 7 that if the Klahanie area does not vote to be absorbed into Issaquah, Sammamish will “fast track” an annexation of its own. It also made a laundry list of promises for what types of services it would provide Klahanie-area residents if they were to enter Sammamish.

“We would endeavor to have a vote of the Klahanie area as soon as possible,” Councilman Don Gerend said.

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Residents discuss benefits of annexation to Issaquah

January 7, 2014

A map of all neighborhoods in the potential annexation area.

A map of all neighborhoods in the potential annexation area.

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.

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To the Editor

January 7, 2014

Library

Change to the online system isn’t such a welcome one

Well, folks, the King County Library System program writers could not leave well enough alone and had to do a drastic change to the online operation.

I do not find the new online process very acceptable. Hope others have better success with it than I have so far.

They also dropped the feature that showed which titles had been checked out previously by a KCLS user. I have checked out more than 8,000 titles and cannot remember all the titles — now the KCLS will not help me in this regard.

I have read all the Western stories and have started through them again, some I recall and some I don’t recall, as just had my 85th birthday, ha ha.

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

Klahanie

Vote for annexation into Issaquah

I would like to remind my neighbors on the plateau that there will be an important election Feb. 11.

This election is about the annexation of the area known as the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area into the city of Issaquah.

A vote of “yes” on the measure promises to bring lower property taxes to the area and will provide the plateau with many badly needed services not provided by King County.

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