LETTER: Burien city manager gives out misinformation at annexation informational meeting

In the article written by Ty Swenson on Oct. 26, he quotes Mike Martin as having challenged a critic by stating that the Washington State Department of Revenue was wrong when it stated that the Sales Tax Revenue for annexation that Burien could collect, based on 2011 sales tax, was $4.3 million.

Martin claimed that he would still get another $833,000 from White Center to add on to that number making the number then $5.1 to $5.3 million. This is completely incorrect according to the calculations by the State.

When the Department of Revenue predicted the $4.3 million, they had already figured in the approximately $800,000 that Area Y generates. The $4.3 million number that the Department of Revenue projected is just about the same prediction as the prediction made by 2011 Berk Report-page 23.
Mr. Martin clearly doesn't understand how the calculation is done and gave out misinformation to the citizens at the informational session.

C. Edgar