LETTER: Reader Has ‘Many Concerns’ About Annexation of White Center

Hi B-Town Blog,

There are many concerns I have about the upcoming possible annexation of White Center to Burien.

I will focus on only 3 concerns:

  1. We are all going to have to pay more taxes for this annexation. In North Highline we will have to pay seven new taxes and fees to Burien. Where is the budget that shows how much Burien is really going to spend on North Highline area? Where is the 6 year plan for Capital Improvements that Burien is supposed to have put together for our area? And where is the money to fund those improvement going to come from?
  2. Burien is one of the highest cost cities to live in right now based on the mil rate and the large amount of fees that have been attached to the utilities. How will this attract new businesses and home buyers into our area? Burien is a very expensive city to live in.
  3. The Marijuana dispensaries bring lots of customers to White Center who then shop at our businesses. Why is Burien going to close these even if many of us do not want them closed? Mike Martin keeps saying that he will not do anything with zoning, etc. that we do not want done.

The citizens of Burien would like to have some answers to these questions before the vote in November for we are concerned about the quality of life that we can offer the White Center area and still do all the necessary spending in Burien.

– Linda Plein

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