Klahanie vote gets closer, Lake Washington bond closer to passing
February 12, 2014
New: Feb. 12, 6:12 p.m.
After another round of votes were tallied Feb. 12, the Klahanie annexation election is now separated by a single vote – 1,365 in favor of Klahanie joining Issaquah and 1,364 against.
If Klahanie voters ultimately decided to join Issaquah, the Issaquah City Council has the next move, as it will need to vote to approve the annexation. That gets complicated depending on the margin of victory. If the vote passes with between a 50 and 60 percent margin, the area could become part of Issaquah, but it would not have to assume any of Issaquah’s debt. The decision would then rest with the Issaquah City Council about whether to annex the area without residents paying off Issaquah’s outstanding bonds.
If Klahanie votes to join Issaquah with a margin of 60 percent or greater, which seems very unlikely at this point, then the area could join Issaquah and would assume the city’s debt.
If Klahanie does not vote to join Issaquah, all bets are off. The Issaquah council could volunteer to give up its right to annex the area of more than 10,000 people. If it refuses to do so, the Sammamish City Council has indicated it might take unprecedented steps to try and force it to do so. Then Sammamish could begin an annexation process of its own.
A bond issue proposed by the Lake Washington School District got a little closer to passing, but is still short.
The school district asked voters to support selling $755 million worth of bonds. 57.5 percent of them agreed to do so, but bonds need 60 percent approval to pass. If approved, the bond would add about 53 cents per $1,000 to property taxes for the next 20 years, according to district calculations. For the owner of a $500,000 home, that means an increase of $265 per year.
New ballot counts will trickle in until Feb. 25 when the election is certified.
A pair of tax levies proposed by the Lake Washington District, and three levies proposed by the Issaquah School District all sailed to an easy victory.