A long-anticipated effort to annex unincorporated areas of South Bellevue passed its first official test Monday, when the City Council accepted notice-of-intent petitions to commence annexation from 10 percent of the property owners in Eastgate and Tamara Hills.
The two areas represent 85 percent of the area and 93 percent of the population in the South Bellevue potential annexation area. Horizon View and Hilltop, the other two areas in the annexation area, are working toward submittal of 10-percent petitions in September.
Annexation would be affirmed when the city receives a second set of petitions for annexation from property owners representing at least 50 percent of assessed value for each area. The direct-petition collection for Eastgate and Tamara Hills will be launched with an open house on Thursday, June 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the South Bellevue Community Center.
All annexation area residents, including those in Horizon View and Hilltop, are invited to attend the event, where they will have the chance to speak one-on-one with city department directors and staff, and learn about city services and programs. (Staff also is available to meet with small groups of residents in their homes or at neighborhood gatherings.)
Once their properties are annexed to Bellevue, property owners will pay less in taxes than they pay in unincorporated King County. Immediately upon annexation, they will receive Bellevue's high level of urban services, including fire and police protection, parks and recreation, transportation services, neighborhood services and planning, building and development services.
Details about the annexation, including downloadable petition forms and maps and an online calculator of the fiscal benefits of annexation to a property owner, are available at South Bellevue Annexation.
Questions can be directed to Nicholas Matz, Senior Planner, 425-452-5371 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Cheryl Kuhn, Neighborhood Outreach Manager, at 425 452-4089 (email@example.com).
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