The principal sticking point remains how much of a multi-million dollar stormwater control solutions would be for public benefit and how much would be for private (Tamarack) benefit.
State law prohibits using public money for private benefit.
Erosion and damage
Tamarack is downhill from new development approved by Sammamish. Stormwater runoff from this development has caused erosion and damage to some homes within Tamarack. Homeowners, led by advocate Mary Wictor, have been asking a succession of city councils for years to fix these drainage issues.
Some of the runoff, they say, is finding its way into Lake Sammamish, which they point to as a public rather than private benefit issue.
“The Public/Private discussion for Stormwater did eventually pass 7-0 that Staff can and should actually look at some solution(s) for Tamarack, with looking at funding possibility with Local Improvement District (which can have multiple challenges) and/or ‘other options,’” Wictor told Sammamish Comment.
“Basically [the] council understands something needs to be done (and sooner than later). But they are wrangling with ‘public benefit’ and obviously very cautious about paying for anything…other than Water Quality, which is finally understood at least to have known/direct public benefits. Funding can be provided where public benefits.”