Olympia council to consider annexing property

A public meeting will be held Tuesday to discuss adding property off Division Street

mbatcheldor@theolympian.comAugust 18, 2013 

The Olympia City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to annex property off Division Street on the city’s west side.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.

The proposed annexation area, which sits between Bowman Avenue and Dickinson Avenue, sits in Olympia’s urban growth area but is surrounded by the city.

Annexing such areas “creates a more logical boundary and more reasonable areas for city services,” a city staff report says.

For example, the area is technically served by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, not the Olympia Police Department, even though a deputy would have to drive through the city to get to the area.

“In non-emergency circumstances, law enforcement response times may not be what the city’s urban residents expect,” the report says.

In practice, the city of Olympia is likely to provide emergency services though the landowners don’t pay taxes to the city for such services.

If annexed, the area will continue to receive garbage collection from LeMay for seven years before switching to the city. Residents will pay less in taxes by switching to the city, the report says.

City Manager Steve Hall is recommending that the council approve the annexation.

Property owners and residents asked for the annexation, according to the report. People representing more than 60 percent of the assessed value of the area requested the annexation, meeting the state requirements.

After holding a public hearing Tuesday night, the council has three options. It could move for preliminary approval of the annexation, deny the annexation or delay it.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869 mbatcheldor@theolympian.com @MattBatcheldor

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