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Annexation hearing set for June 11

Final vote possible after the hearing—your support is needed.

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A public hearing about Walla Walla city annexation of Table Rock and surrounding neighborhoods is scheduled for June 11.

The Table Rock neighborhood currently is located in the county.

The city annexation hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fulton Community Room at the Walla Walla Police Station, 55 E. Moore St.

Earlier this year, a Union-Bulletin article suggested that annexation might save homeowners in our neighborhood $500 per year. This estimate is based on lower utility rates for city residents as well as savings on property taxes.

Nabiel Shawa, city manager, says the city council may vote to approve annexation after this public hearing. If the ordinance passes, annexation is complete and final. At that point, a census of the annexed area is required, and documentation will be filed with the state.

“We are shooting for an effective date of August 1, 2014,” Shawa says. “If we hit that mark, the reduction of utility rates will be reflected in September bills, and the reduction in property taxes will occur in 2015.”

Your support at the hearing would be very helpful. There’s no need to make a speech—just state your name and that you support annexation.

If you have questions, call the city manager’s office at 527-4522. Or contact a Table Rock HOA board member.

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