June 11, 2016: The Sammamish City Council got an earful from a resident about a six year wait to improve Duthie Hill Road on the City’s Northeast side.
“I don’t think you are hearing my level of frustration,” said Robert Nielson, 2311 277th Ave. SE, following an explanation by Council Member Tom Odell about efforts to reach an agreement with King County that would allow Sammamish to take over County-owned portions of Duthie Hill Road.
“We were told this six years ago when we were annexed into the City. In six years, nothing has happened. So why should I believe you now?”
Nearly a year ago, I raised the alarm about increased spending by the City of Sammamish. At that time, I identified at least $100 million in spending and that the City could be on a path to tax increases.
Here’s what I identified in May 2014:
Community Center: $35 million and probably more.
Developing the former YMCA property next to Pine Lake School, at a cost of $15 million proposed in the park plan.
Sahalee Road improvements at an unidentified cost, but probably in the low millions at the least.
Millions of dollars in the park plan for the Sammamish Landing, the Pigott property and more.
Klahanie Annexation: $32 million for road improvements and who knows what else on top of this, almost certainly amounting to tens of millions of dollars more.
Widening Issaquah-Pine Lake Road at a cost of $16.5m.
Rebuilding “Snake Hill Road” (it’s really 212th Ave. SE, down the windy, snake-like drive to East Lake Sammamish Parkway): Millions of dollars.
Desires to take over the Northeast Sammamish and Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer Districts: tens of millions of dollars, at a minimum.
Town Center improvements.
And this is on top of the normal operations of the city, including millions of dollars for road maintenance, parks, services and overhead.