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County Releases Statement On West Hill Annexation

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued a statement late last week, stating the next steps are "up to the residents" of West Hill.

King County Executive Dow Constantine issued this statement on the defeat of proposed annexations in North Highline and West Hill. The County did do respond to specific questions submitted by Renton Patch:

"We acknowledge the decision of the residents of the North Highline and West Hill communities to remain in unincorporated KingCounty for the immediate future.

“King County will continue to do its best to provide services to these areas within the resources available. The mandate of the state Growth Management Act remains unchanged– that urban areas should be in cities, which are in a better position to provide urban-level services.

“It’s going to be up to the residents of these urban unincorporated areas and their adjacent cities to decide if and when anannexation vote will come up again. It is certainly in the interest of the cities to act before the sales tax relief provided by the state expires in 2015.

“I want to thank the Mayor, the City Council, and the staff of the cities of Renton and Burien for their work and cooperation throughout this lengthy process.

“In the meantime, King County’s Community Service Area staff will continue to provide support and access to unincorporated area residents and organizations.”

Renton Mayor Denis Law also issued a statement just minutes after the King County Elections Office posted last Wednesday night's results. Click here to read his statement.

STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
DEMOCRATS BREAK PROMISES THEY USE TO INCENTIVIZE ANNEXATION BEWARE!!! Deal "sweeteners" are often offered to entice "consolidations" or "annexations." A couple cities that only entered into consolidation based on promises made are now fighting their 3rd fight in 9 months to have the legal contracts upheld. Funny how the representative from the 45th district was the one who originally passed the bill to allow the "prenupital" agreement between the cities. Now the representative from the 45th district (years later) single handedly wants to break the contract. This is without any request from citizens at large or either of the cities involved!!! BEWARE!!! Don't be enticed or tricked into consolidation or annexation based on promises that will later be broken!!!
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM
DEMOCRATS BREAK ANNEXATION PROMISES - SEE VIDEO @ 1:08:00 http://www.tvw.org/index.php?option=com_tvwplayer&eventID=2012121001
Sonja Bowden December 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Can you be more specific about which two cities, and which representative you are referring to? What was promised, and what is being taken away?
STOP Larry's 3rd Attempt December 09, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Here's the specifics Previously many cities were trying to annex or consolidate with other cities. Often, one of the two cities was uncomfortable giving up certain rights and land uses and only one of the two cities would vote to consolidate. As an incentive to get the other city to agree to consolidation a representative from the 45th District put forward legislation that passed the house and the senate - it basically created a pre-nupital agreement between the cities. Now without the request of the cities, and without the request of those who offered the "pre-nup" or accepted the "pre-nup" there is a very strong push by one democrat wherein he sometimes finds a way to get support by some other democrats... BEWARE ... See the video for other details.
Sonja Bowden December 09, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I watched the video, but I'm still not clear on what we need to worry about. It's not likely annexation to Renton will happen anytime soon, anyway.

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