Northwest Voices | Letters to the Editor
Bothell annexation fight back before voters
City is insisting on passage
Why does the city of Bothell feel that they need to decide for us where we live? [“Annexation to Bothell back before the voters,” NWSaturday, March 31.]
Less than five months ago we voted on this subject. They had roughly 1,000 people in the NEWBA sign a petition to put it on the November ballot. The good people of Bothell paid for that and all of the research that went into getting the annexation on the ballot in the first place. The people voted and 3,767 people said no. This was the majority! Then at the request of three signatures that were on a letter petitioning the city to try again, the city of Bothell is having a special election.
In a recent video of a city council meeting, Councilman Ewing points out that it is too soon to put it back on the ballot. He also points out that they “put the item on the agenda very late” and that he doesn’t believe that is how public business should be done. It sounds like the city is trying very hard to get this through. So why the rush to get this done? Why would the city put this on the agenda so late? Did you have a chance to have your voice heard by the council before it did this again? Did the current city residents have a chance to question them about how they are spending their tax dollars? NO!
Maybe because they have spent so much of their current taxpayer’s money already that they need this too pass. Does this mean that they’ll just keep coming back till they get what they want? Maybe they want the Annexation Sales Tax Credit from the state? Mayor Lamb pointed out that those funds were one of the reasons for this annexation. But he doesn’t say that those funds are given to the city if they can show that they have a budget deficit to the annexation area! That’s right . . . they can’t afford it! It always comes back to the money! The city does not have our best interests in mind. They are already paying interest on property they have started prepping for their downtown buildings and need us to fund it.
In another video of a Bothell Council Meeting a council member is told that tax credit can actually be directed toward the building of the city hall, but we are being told that the tax credit is for the people in the annexation area and their services. So which is it? This is not a good way to try and entice people to join your city! Oh, and did you know that this annexation sales tax credit that the city is after is on the chopping block in Olympia? This means you will be on the hook for the city’s deficit. For these reasons I am voting no to annexation!
— Dennis Mathu John, Bothell