Sammamish Forum Dec. 11
December 12, 2013
Stay with EFR
The current proposal by the Sammamish City Council to leave Eastside Fire and Rescue and start their own fire department should be of concern to all citizens within the areas currently served.
As a cardiology nurse practitioner in the Evergreen Hospital area for more than 20 years, I have had numerous occasions to call the Eastside Rescue units. Their training and experience is obvious in their excellent responses to patients with serious cardiac emergencies. Replacing their services with a stand alone fire department cannot be less expensive when the administrative and training costs are added, and the likelihood of maintaining the same quality of services is low. I urge the council to continue service through Eastside Fire and Rescue.
Help Tent City
After reading the article in the Sammamish Review (about Tent City wanting to stay longer), here are my thoughts. How about evaluating the repercussions of having the homeless here. What impact(s) have they had? Mr. Liu referred to Mercer Island’s ordinance where different communities are required to “share the ‘burden’” of having a homeless camp near their neighborhood. To what extent is it a burden?
Behind the Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church they are virtually invisible. Perhaps local citizens could hire people for chores and short-term jobs to everyone’s benefit!
Frankly, I fail to see why we have to search our souls so hard to find a place where a few people who are down on their luck may find respite.
annex to Issaquah
A recent Sammamish Review editorial opposed annexation of the Klahanie Potential Annexation Area to Issaquah. The editorial states that “taxes are even lower” in Sammamish. In fact, the opposite is true. Property tax rate tables for Sammamish neighborhoods within Issaquah School District are approximately 8.6 percent higher than the city of Issaquah. An owner of a $450,000 home in Sammamish pays about $450 per year more in property taxes than an owner of a similar home in Issaquah. Issaquah’s utility tax offsets part of this, but for the typical homeowner, total taxes are lower in Issaquah.
The February election is an opportunity to choose to join Issaquah or to remain in an unincorporated no-man’s land. If annexation to Issaquah is approved, property tax rates will drop approximately 13 percent (based on 2013 rates). The owner of a $450,000 home will see a property tax reduction of approximately $790. Police protection, road maintenance, and snow removal will be much improved.
If annexation to Issaquah fails, King County will continue to collect high taxes from Klahanie while providing declining services. I’m not convinced that Sammamish would come to our rescue. Sammamish showed little interest in Klahanie until recently, when we became a lever in their disputes with Issaquah. Even if Sammamish does pursue annexation, the process of reassigning Klahanie to Sammamish, then approving annexation could easily take another 5 to 10 years. Why take a gamble on that when we have a chance for a sure thing with Issaquah? That’s why I support annexation to Issaquah.
A public “Thank You” to the city of Sammamish for its significant partnership and support of Sammamish Rotary’s “Nightmare at Beaver Lake” held over 10 nights in October through Halloween.
The 10th annual “Nightmare at Beaver Lake” was a phenomenal success, complete with over 380 volunteers as actors and in other roles – casting, makeup, security, transportation, line control, ticket booth, kitchen crew, design, construction, and so much more! And, no rain!
The “Nightmare” is 100 percent volunteers and 100 percent for charity. More than 13,000 patrons attended the show, a record.
Proceeds from the “Nightmare” provide grants for local agencies that serve children and families, college scholarships to graduating seniors from Eastlake, Skyline, and Eastside Catholic high schools, and funding for Rotary’s international projects such as polio eradication.
Additionally, Rotary provides a scholarship to a “Nightmare” volunteer, nominated by Scare Productions, our production partner. The scholarship was presented this year to Sammamish resident Kacy Hardin, a six-year actor and member of the construction crew. Kacy is attending Bellevue College with plans to transfer to UW to major in environmental science.
Producing the Nightmare at Beaver Lake is a year-round endeavor. Please visit www.NightmareatBeaverLake.com regularly for updates on our year round activities.
Chair, Sammamish Rotary Foundation