West Hills Annexation Vote

West Hills residents get to vote Aug. 21 whether they want to officially be part of the city, not an island within it. I haven’t heard anything yet that would suggest the vote would be anything but a landslide against annexation.

Pamalonia McCrary, who has led the anti-annexation effort in West Hills, e-mailed and said Navy Yard City residents have been in contact with her. Seems residents there are preparing to petition a vote as well.

6 thoughts on “West Hills Annexation Vote

  1. Excessive taxes have driven most of the businesses and successful residents out of Bremerton. Why would anyone want to be annexed into this overtaxed dump.

  2. Hey Steve,

    It’s cost prohibitive for us, we retired and mid to low income residents that dominate the West Hills population, to accept annexation because, as you pointed out, the city balances its budget by raising property taxes through increased property assessments. The City said the West Hills annexation would cost the city $190,000,000 over ten years. It just annexed Tracyton. So go figure how much the city will need to increase property assessments to balance its budget next year. We West Hills residents could be taxed out of our homes. Annexation offers only a bleak picture of the future should the vote pass, which it won’t, thankfully.

  3. Property taxes work the same in the city as they do in the county, so I don’t see how that could be your issue. The city can’t use property taxes to balance its budget anymore, because a voter initiative limited the base property tax collection increase to 1 percent a year.

  4. The areas you are talking about appear to be in Central Kitsap Fire District. Would they no longer be served by CKFR once they are annexed by the City of Bremerton? Would Bremerton then become their fire protection and EMS provider?

    If they would leave CKFD as a result of annexation, their property taxes would apparently go down, not up.

    This year, Bremerton collects for its general fund, bonds, and EMS an aggregate tax rate of $2.847095 per $1000 of assessed value.

    If annexed into the city, the annexed areas would no longer pay the County Road levy. And, if they would no longer be part of the CK fire district, they would no longer pay the fire district’s EMS and regular levies.

    The County Road levy this year is $1.246892 per $1000.

    The CKFD regular and EMS levies total $1.727566 per $1000.

    If annexed by Bremerton (and thereby get out of the fire district), the affected areas would no longer pay a total of $2.974458 per $1000 to the county and fire district.

    Instead, they would pay $2.847095 per $1000 to Bremerton.

    If anyone is concerned that property taxes would be higher after annexation, it seems they ought to find out whether the annexation would take them out of CKFD.

    If it would, then their property taxes would go down.

    Unless Bremerton grows at a fantastic rate from new construction, the annual tax increases on existing property under I-747 without a voter-approved lid lift would typically be between 1.1 and 1.7 percent–with new construction and state-assessed utility property paying the rest of the average annual 3.5 percent increase in the levy dollar amount. In other words, there would be no difference in the average annual increases on existing property compared to what now occurs in the unincorporated areas of the county.

  5. Hi Steve,

    I’m sorry. I thought for sure you had told me that property values are increased, and thereby property taxes are higher.

    Re: Mr. Meadows,

    You present beautifully and with good intentions, and yes West Hills would be served by the City of Bremerton fire and police. What you haven’t taken into account is the utility taxes that the City charges, taxes the County doesn’t charge. Costs would increase differently for different populations of people, but I’ve discussed this before in earlier letters to the editor, etc.

  6. Ms. McCrary,

    You’re right: my comment was only about property taxes — since that was what I saw being discussed.

    The “Local Government Financial Reporting System” run by the State Auditor has information about local tax revenues through 2005.

    So far as I can tell from their web site, you’re right that the county doesn’t impose taxes on utilities, but Bremerton does.

    The city doesn’t seem to impose utility taxes directly on consumers, but I suppose the taxes on businesses affect the bills that consumers must pay.

    The most recent year in their data is 2005. Bremerton collected a total of $4,256,378 in taxes from utilities providers that year — electricity, natural gas, garbage service, TV cable service, and telephone service.

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