Karen Robison adds a red tack to a map to show her location in a proposed annexation area and her opposition to the plan.
Photo by Alfred Diaz.
WALLA WALLA — City officials held an open house Tuesday evening to discuss a proposed 870-acre south-side annexation.
The three-hour open house drew hundreds of residents, with several of them carrying “No Annex” signs.
At one point, close to 150 people filled the Walla Walla High School commons, where the city manager and other city officials fielded numerous questions on how the annexation would affect taxes, utilities and property rights.
During the event, participants were asked to stick either red or green push pins in a map to show where they live and if they supported annexation.
Green meant you supported it; the red pins greatly outnumbered the green pins.
The city will hold two more public meetings before the required public hearing that is tentatively scheduled for June 12, at which point the City Council can officially vote on the annexation resolution.
At its regular meeting April 10, the Council will determine if it will commence with the proceedings.
Then after an annexation resolution has been drafted, the Council will set a public hearing date at its regular May 8 meeting.
Because the city already has annexation agreements of properties that represent more than 60 percent of the total property value within the 870 acres, no further public petition is required and the annexation may be decided by the City Council.