Berk & Associates Report Says Annexation Of North Highline Is Financially Viable

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Findings of a Berk and Associates study of the potential annexation of North Highline by Burien suggest that such a move would pencil out financially for the city.

The study was not ready for presentation until shortly before Monday night’s (Aug. 1) Burien City Council meetings, at which time it was made available to council members.

It was also made available to the public on the city’s website:

Council members will discuss the Berk study and the annexation issue at their Aug. 15 meeting, and will have a special study session – a public meeting – on Aug. 22 for an in-depth review of the report.

Stay tuned for a complete story.

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2 Responses to “Berk & Associates Report Says Annexation Of North Highline Is Financially Viable”
  1. Get a clue burien city council says:


  2. TcB says:

    I’m an advocate for this annexation, not a tiredless advocate, but an advocate. I have a reason for believing in the expansion of the city. I realize that taxes may go up and I think if it can be shown that older residents on fixed incomes would be negatively impacted in the extreme, and the City of Burien would make no exceptions for them, I could reconsider. Here’s the thing that I know about corporations and how they chosse to locate. When a large retail organization wants to locate in a city or an area they look at a few factors. They look at population numbers in general (This is where more people in a city benefit, and annexation increases numbers overnight). They look at the OTHER retail corporations who have chosen to locate in the area (an example would be the new Ross, if there are a number of similar retail organizations in an area, then it becomes more favorable to locate there. This is a snowball effect). They look at affluence, or the average income of the citenzenry. Of course there are other things like freeway access, etc. My post doesn’t take everything into account. I’m focusing on the populations size in general. Basically i’m saying that by increasing the city size, we may end up with a more prominent footing with Hotels, Major Retailers, and other companys that bring JOBS. So, increasing the size of the city can bring more taxes but it can also bring more jobs, helping residents get more pay and paying higher taxes. I know this because I have the experience seeing first hand how a major retailer looks at making the decision to invest in moving into a city. I’ve done it. There are other mitigating factors involved but I won’t go into those here. The one argument that is hard to defeat is higher taxes. No one likes higher taxes, no one likes to pay, but they like what taxes pay for. In this case we must be carfeul not to look at a shor sighted argument to kill what can be a benefit for decades to come.

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