One of South Bellevue's four remaining unincorporated neighborhoods has already made the decision to annex, and the others are still moving forward in citizen-led efforts to bring their properties within the City of Bellevue.
Undecided residents will have another chance to meet staff and learn more about city services at an open house Tuesday, Oct. 25, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Eastgate Elementary School, 4255 153rd Ave. SE. City staff has been meeting with residents in neighborhood meetings and individual drop-in sessions.
Several weeks ago, Tamara Hills residents crossed the threshold of signatures needed for annexation. Residents say they are already making plans for their future with a higher level of city services.
The Eastgate neighborhood is moving toward the 50 percent goal, while Hilltop and Horizon View have not yet launched their petition drives. Under the petition method of annexation, property owners representing at least 50 percent of an area's assessed valuation must sign the petition to annex.
At a community meeting last month, Karen Freeman, liaison from King County Executive's Office, told South Bellevue residents that the county is facing large challenges in providing unincorporated "islands" with local services. If annexation does not take place, she said, "these areas will continue to see a real degradation of services."
City Manager Steve Sarkozy told residents that Bellevue will provide more efficient local services because the city is designed and equipped to be a local service provider, while the county is focused on regional services such as transit, sewer and jail services.
For more information about annexation or to arrange a meeting in your neighborhood, contact Nicholas Matz, firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-5371, or Cheryl Kuhn, email@example.com or 425-452-4089. Information is also available at South Bellevue Annexation.
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