Walla Walla Council to consider annexation of 169 acres at southern edge of city

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WALLA WALLA — City Council on Wednesday will vote on a 169-acre southside annexation designed to pull in the residents of Tablerock, Triple Creek and Costello Place neighborhoods.

After last year’s failed attempt to annex up to 871 acres in the southside, a number of residents of the three developments expressed disappointment that Council ended the annexation proposal, which would have saved them as much as $500 per year in city water and sewer fees.

County residents on city water and sewer service currently pay a rate 50 percent higher than what city residents pay.

Last April, Council voted 4-3 to end the annexation proposal, after dozens of county residents testified they did not want to be forced into city boundaries.

In the current proposal and the 2013 annexation proposal a public vote was not required for annexation because the city already has signed annexation agreements by property owners who represented more than 60 percent of the total value of property within the proposed areas.

The number of properties affected in the current annexation proposal is 259. The west boundary of the proposed annexation is expected to run along Howard Street and Cottonwood Road, ending at the southernmost property line of Tablerock. The boundary then skirts back along the east end of the developments heading north toward Abbott Road.

Walla Walla High School is not included in the annexation, nor are dozens of nearby county residences to the east of the annexation that are on city water and sewer.

City officials estimate the annexation would add approximately $102,000 to the General Fund in 2015 and an additional $17,000 each year for the next four years as tax revenue for Fire District 4 is gradually turned over to the city.

The city would also gain in various other funds, including the EMS levy and stormwater funds.

But the annexation would also require the city to pay more street maintenance and increase the area to be covered by the Walla Walla Police Department.

The City Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 15 N. Third Ave.

Comments

leterbuck 5 months, 4 weeks ago

The proposal has the city loosing over $100,000 in water and wastewater, they have no close fire service out there. This doesn't make fiscal sense.

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thrifty 5 months, 4 weeks ago

As I recall both the police dept and fire dept were full of suggestions during the Triple Creek hearing. The area is part of the Urban Growth Area and as such has to be built to City Planning specs. The intent was and is for the city to annex that area and it is past time for that to be done. Let the residents trade lower water costs for higher taxes.

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