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AUGUST 4, 1997

Local News

Kenmore incorporation on fall ballot

  by A.T. Walgamott
   The King County Council set a date for the Kenmore incorporation vote. On September 16, local residents will choose whether to become a city or remain under county control.
   Kenmore's proposed boundaries encompass slightly over six square miles and contain 17,000 residents. Kenmore's boundary would begin along the eastern border of Lake Forest Park on the King/Snohomish County line south to the southern boundary of Saint Edward State Park, east to Juanita Drive, north along Juanita Drive to N.E. 143rd Street and east along N.E. 145th Street to 92nd Avenue N.E., north along the western boundary of Bothell to Bothell Way, west along Bothell Way and north on 84th Avenue N.E. to the King/ Snohomish County line and west to Lake Forest Park.
   A financial analysis found the future city of Kenmore capable of maintaining the same level of service the area receives from the county, but says a city could increase the level of capital improvements.
   The study also said residents would pay roughly the same amount of taxes as they currently do. The county road tax of $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed value would be dropped and a $1.60 per $1,000 of assessed value city property tax would be added. The city would impose utility taxes on telephone, electricity and natural gas services. Other tax rates such as schools, fire, library, hospital, 911 and parks and recreation would remain the same.
   The future city of Kenmore is within the boundaries of the Northshore School District, Northshore Fire District and Northshore Utility District.
   The Citizens for Incorporation of Kenmore have a new web page: http://kenmore.mpl.net.