Funding for roads used for other priorities, wrote former Public Works director

  • City Council Member Tom Odell is on the record—several times—that Sammamish neglected its road infrastructure for 10 years. Charts and graphs below tell the depressing story.
  • “[F]unding that could have been used for transportation capital projects was used for other priorities such as city hall, the city’s street maintenance program, the YMCA/Community Center and to some extent, even the city’s parks capital projects,” wrote the City’s former Director of Public Works in June 2017.

If Sammamish residents want to know why there is so much traffic congestion, two visuals created by citizen Miki Mullor tells the story easier than long, drawn out narratives can.

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Day 2 Election results: No change from Election Night

With additional votes counted on the day after the Election, there were no changes in the outcomes and only fractional changes in the percentages.

The chart below the jump includes last night’s vote count and today’s for comparison.

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First results: Ritchie, Moran, Ross, Stuart win City Council seats; Lambert reelected; Dems win 45th LD

Jason Ritchie, Karen Moran, Chris Ross and Pam Stuart are projected winners of the Sammamish City Council seats.

Kathy Lambert has been reelected to a fifth term on the King County Council. Democrats flipped the State Senate seat for the 45th Legislative District.

Indications are there may have been an unusually heavy turnout for a City Council election.

So far, 26% of the ballots have been returned. By the time the last ballot is counted after Thanksgiving, typically the return about doubles. There are 36,136 registered voters in Sammamish. Typically, a City Council election sees a turnout of 40%-45%.

City Manager Lyman Howard announced at 7:20pm tonight during the Council meeting that the ballot drop box at City Hall had been emptied a couple of times today.

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Breaking News: Ritchie, Moran, Ross, Stuart win in Sammamish

Here are the projected winners of today’s election. Details to come shortly.

Sammamish City Council:

  • Position 1: Jason Ritchie
  • Position 3: Karen Moran
  • Position 5: Chris Ross
  • Position 7: Pam Stuart

King County District 3:

Kathy Lambert

45th Legislative District:

Manka Dhingra

 

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Sammamish’s Tax Day of Reckoning has arrived

The Tax Day of Reckoning for Sammamish has arrived.

The City Council tonight may decide whether to adopt a 1% property tax hike, something Councils have avoided for the past eight years.

It could even decide to recapture the eight years of deferrals, or an 8% increase in property taxes, but this is unlikely.

Council Member Don Gerend also suggested the possibility of a utility tax during a study session last night.

Council Member Kathy Huckabay suggested a Transportation Benefit District tax dedicated only to road projects.

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Council takes up 2018 budget tonight–“crossover point” (deficit spending) appears to arrive years early

The long-awaited “crossover point” when deficit spending occurs for the Sammamish city budget—in recent years projected to be early next decade—may be here now.

The City Council takes up the budget tonight and a comparison of revised figures by Council Candidate Mark Baughman shows proposed expenditures exceed projected revenues by $4m.

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Election Day today

Today is Election Day for the Sammamish City Council and other local races.

Mail-in ballots must be mailed today. If you miss your local postal pickup at your house, you can mail the ballots at the Issaquah or Redmond post offices,

There is also a drop-box at Sammamish City Hall. The drop must be by 8pm.

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