King County Executive Dow Constantine, pictured above during election night at the Westin downtown, issues a press release on Burien annexation.
Executive Constantine comments on defeat of proposed annexation in North Highline
Says next step is up to residents
(Editor’s Note: King County Executive Dow Constantine has issued the following statement on the North Highline annexation vote. Before the election, Constantine had urged North Highline residents to approve annexation into Burien.)
"We acknowledge the decision of the residents of the North Highline and West Hill communities to remain in unincorporated King County for the immediate future.
“King County will continue to do its best to provide services to these areas within the resources available. The mandate of the state Growth Management Act remains unchanged– that urban areas should be in cities, which are in a better position to provide urban-level services.
“It’s going to be up to the residents of these urban unincorporated areas and their adjacent cities to decide if and when an annexation vote will come up again. It is certainly in the interest of the cities to act before the sales tax relief provided by the state expires in 2015.
“I want to thank the Mayor, the City Council, and the staff of the cities of Renton and Burien for their work and cooperation throughout this lengthy process.
“In the meantime, King County’s Community Service Area staff will continue to provide support and access to unincorporated area residents and organizations.”