LETTER: ‘As a Burien resident, I encourage the annexation of the rest of North Highline’
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After having just read a number of the blogs about pro- and con- annexation, I’m wondering why the opportunity to improve life for everyone in North Highline, including Burien, seems to remain unexamined.
Being annexed to Burien means having a local governmental venue in which to participate. It may be true that some do not want any government at all. However, when it comes to safety and services, most want a responsible local entity to whom appeals may be made and responses may be solicited.
Having a competitive position for resources also comes to mind. With tax benefits from the State of Washington, the White Center/Top Hat/Boulevard areas could have more than 2 deputies per shift and would not have to call on Burien for necessary back-up. Diminishing resources from King County for unincorporated area roads means that snow plows will be available only for main thoroughfares this coming winter.
A larger footprint for Burien would give more advantage in making grant applications and would contribute to increased tax revenue as growth proceeds.
In my opinion, the most important reason for annexation is that of strengthening our entire community. As a Burien resident, I encourage the annexation of the rest of North Highline to help build a great future for this area.
– Rachael Levine
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