Two unincorporated areas along the Duwamish Waterway that are home to about 100 people could join the city of Seattle. The Seattle City Council today approved a resolution to ask residents of the “South Park Sliver” and the “Duwamish Industrial Triangle” to vote on whether they want to be annexed to Seattle.
The proposal now goes to the King County Boundary Review Board, which must decide whether to forward it to voters in the annexation area. If approved by a majority of residents, the annexation would be the city’s first since 1986.
Seattle officials in 2010 dropped a proposal to add about 20,000 White Center area residents to the city because the estimated costs of extending services including police and fire was about $13 million per year above what it would generate in new taxes. The city was facing a $50 million budget shortfall.
The current annexation plan is revenue-neutral, according to council analysts.