City must follow through on Klahanie
March 5, 2014
Sammamish has promised Klahanie everything but the moon — actually, the moon may have been included somewhere — if residents there were to reject Issaquah and embrace Sammamish.
Now that Klahanie has done its part, it’s time for Sammamish to act.
Sammamish wasn’t officially on the ballot where a majority of Klahanie residents rejected joining Issaquah. But it was lingering in the minds of voters there.
Residents know that joining either city would mean lower taxes and better services.
They know Sammamish was eager to annex the area if Issaquah’s bid fell through. A vote against Issaquah was most likely a vote for Sammamish.
In the run-up to the Klahanie vote, Sammamish vowed to fast-track any annexation process, and in the event that Klahanie becomes part of the city, to increase police services. The council also vowed to take a hard look at making road improvements around the Klahanie area a priority.
City leaders said they’d take their case to the county in an unprecedented move to try to force Issaquah to give up the area if Issaquah does not do so of its own accord.
Much of what happens next and how fast it happens depends on whether Issaquah decides to play nice, but there are still steps Sammamish can take. So far, city leaders seem to be taking them.
The ink on the ballots wasn’t dry before city officials began their lobbying effort at the county, sending people to meetings and dashing off official letters last week.
If Issaquah relinquishes its hold on Klahanie, and we hope they will do so in a timely fashion, Sammamish must continue moving with all haste to annex the area.
City leaders say they could hold a vote in the fall if everything goes just right. While that timeline may be optimistic, it’s good to see them thinking about how quickly it can happen, and not about how many studies they must first complete.
Sammamish already knows that annexing Klahanie is a win for the city and for Klahanie. The city must follow through on its promises.