Will the city expand with annexations? Council briefing tomorrow

February 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm | In South Park, West Seattle news, West Seattle politics, White Center | 4 Comments

That’s one of two maps accompanying the last item on tomorrow morning’s Seattle City Council briefing agenda (9 am, City Hall downtown) – an update on possible annexations, as first reported on partner site White Center Now last week. Seattle leaders have a lot to talk about, since White Center and vicinity (“Area Y” on the map above) voters said no to Burien last November, and the Boundary Review Board rejected a bid for the Duwamish Triangle to be annexed by Tukwila. While it’s expected our city will pursue the Duwamish Triangle and the South Park “sliver by the river,” White Center and vicinity remains a wild card – the city has long had dibs on it but elected officials have repeatedly declared annexation unaffordable, and allowed Burien to pursue it first. There’s still an enticement dangling, but not for long – sales-tax credit to offset the cost of annexation, if it’s in the works by the start of 2015. Will the city pursue big, or small, or not at all? If you can’t be there tomorrow (note that it’s not a vote, just a briefing), you can watch live at 9 am via Seattle Channel (on-air or online).

4 Comments

  1. I’d like to see Seattle step up and annex all of White Center/North Highline & Skyway. White Center/North Highline rejected Burien & Skyway rejected Renton. According to the county, someone’s gotta do it soon, so why not us?

    Comment by Nick — 5:43 pm February 18, 2013 #

  2. I don’t get it….Area Y already said NO to annexation.
    The only thing that changes with annexation is you get to pay city taxes on ALL your utilities. You will not benefit being part of the city.
    Just say NO to annexation is saying no to more TAXES.

    Comment by Fire Ball — 7:38 pm February 18, 2013 #

  3. Area Y voters said no to Burien. They have not been asked about Seattle. (Or Tukwila, for that matter.) And state policy calls for urban areas to be annexed by cities – or form a new one. It’ll be very interesting to hear what is said – and/or not said – in tomorrow’s briefing.

    Comment by WSB — 7:56 pm February 18, 2013 #

  4. If these areas are annexed by Seattle, I wonder if this will have an effect on school districting. For example, would schools located in Area Y end up being absorbed by the Seattle School District or remain Highline?

    Comment by Fauntleroy Neighbor — 11:41 am February 19, 2013 #

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