Council holds final public hearing for Boulevard Road annexation

OlympianMarch 18, 2014 

The proposed Boulevard Road/I-5 annexation area.

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The Olympia City Council held a final public hearing Tuesday on the proposed Boulevard Road annexation area. The council is expected to decide on the 205-acre area’s fate at its next meeting April 1.

About 330 residents live in the unincorporated “island,” which includes land on both sides of Boulevard Road south of I-5 along with parts of the Woodland Trail. The city first initiated annexation of the area in 2010, and state law allows Olympia to approve annexation without a public vote.

With annexation, the average homeowner can expect to pay an additional $250 to $275 a year for utilities, said city planner Gary Cooper. Businesses in the area will also be required to pay a Business and Occupation (B&O) tax.

At Tuesday’s council meeting, area resident Wayne Christensen said he has opposed annexation from the start.

“Our rights to vote on our destiny seem to have been usurped here,” said Christensen, noting that he is on a fixed income. “It’s only $250 a year, but $250 to me is a lot of money.”

 

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 or ahobbs@theolympian.com

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