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Statement from Renton Mayor Denis Law on West Hill/Skyway Annexation Vote

November 7, 2012

For more information contact:
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator 425-430-6569

RENTON: A majority of West Hill residents that voted on the annexation issue have expressed their desire to remain part of unincorporated King County. This decision allows us to end discussions regarding governance for this area and focus our attention on serving Renton citizens.

We worked unsuccessfully with King County staff for the past several years in an effort to bridge the funding gaps that we would face by providing city-levels of services to the area with an inadequate tax base from the area.

The county recently stated that they plan to continue to reduce services to unincorporated areas, especially in road maintenance and repairs, which will have long-term impacts to this community. In terms of public safety, we hope that West Hill residents will demand that the King County Sheriff’s Department meet the staffing commitments they have made in order to meet the high-levels of crime in the area.

There are a lot of dedicated residents in the West Hill area committed to making their community a safe and vibrant place to live and conduct business. We feel this area has been neglected for many years and that it’s important that the county work with community leaders in finding ways to address their goals and reasonable expectations of county services.