Governor’s proposed budget cut could throw a curveball at annexation process

As North Highline annexation proceeded these past few years – first with Burien completing annexation of the southern area, now with Burien pursuing annexation of the northern area – one refrain has been repeated: Money from the state tax credit for annexations is vital to their success. But suddenly – there’s a huge question mark over that money’s future availability. Governor Gregoire went public today with a list of potential cuts to balance the state budget, and one of them would kill that credit as of next May. Right now, the governor’s budget doc says, the credit “benefits seven cities” in metro Puget Sound, but killing it would save the state almost $18 million. The governor’s list has an alternative – cut it by half – but there’s a big star right next to the “eliminate it” option – and that means she has “tentatively chosen to include it” in the supplemental budget proposal she’ll send to the Legislature next month.

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One Response to “Governor’s proposed budget cut could throw a curveball at annexation process”

  1. So the tax credit that Burien is now receiving for the annexation which occured a year and a half ago, will also be terminated.
    It seems like the City of Burien should start to worry about how they will be paying for services that are already a part of their city, and NOT be persuing adding more areas to their city.