Highway 101 Annexation

An approximately 425-acre area adjacent to Highway 101 on Olympia's Westside is currently under a proposal to be annexed into the City of Olympia. On this page you will find answers to frequently asked questions about zoning, utilities, and taxes, and learn the benefits of annexation.

How can I learn more?

Contact Todd Stamm, City of Olympia Planning Manager, at 360.753.8597.

How can I comment?

The City Council will hold a public hearing where interested citizens can give public comment at or after 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at City Hall Council Chambers, 900 Plum Street, SE, Olympia. The public hearing will occur during the Council meeting, which starts at 7:00 p.m. You can also submit your comments in writing. Written comments must be received at or before the public hearing.

Will annexation affect growth or current land use zoning?

No. Both the City of Olympia and the Thurston County use the same zoning and development standards. Annexation does not directly affect the rate or general form of growth.

What about utilities?

  • Drinking water: If you currently receive your water from a well, you can continue to use it. You do not have to connect to the City water system. If you currently receive your water from the City, you will no longer have to pay the 50% drinking water surcharge.
  • Septic/wastewater: You can continue to use your septic system. Annexation does not trigger hook-up requirements.
  • Stormwater: There is a $9.79 per month storm and surface water fee per residence. Commercial properties are assessed based on impervious surface and year developed.
  • Garbage/recycling: Pacific Disposal will continue to provide service for up to seven years. Thereafter, the City will provide service.

How will annexation affect:

Taxes: 

  • Your property taxes that support Library, Port, PUD, School, or Medic One will not change.
  • Your property will continue to be assessed taxes to pay off the previously voter-approved bonds used to construct the McLane Fire Station. These bonds will be paid off in 2024.
  • Your property will NO LONGER be assessed the County's road tax.
  • You will begin to pay property taxes levied by the City.

Utility taxes:

 The City of Olympia assesses a 9% tax on telephone, electric, and gas utilities. 3% of this tax is voter-approved and supports City parks and sidewalks.

Other taxes/fees:

Businesses are required to be licensed and are levied a business and occupation tax (B&O tax) on gross receipts. The rate ranges from .001% to .002%.

Existing land uses:

 All existing lawful property uses can continue, including the keeping of livestock and other animals.

Schools and busing:

 Annexation will have no effect on schools and busing.

Voting:

 In addition to current voting rights, City residents are eligible to vote on City bond issues and other municipal matters.

What are the benefits of annexation?

  • Fire and police: 911 will still be in effect. After annexation, you will be provided fire and police services from the City. Immediately after annexation, Olympia Police will begin responding to calls from the area.
  • Public streets and street lighting: The City will take on the maintenance and repair of public streets, and the maintenance, repair, and installation of City-owned street lights.
  • Recognized neighborhood programs: Olympia neighborhoods can apply and be awarded matching grants for beautification and other projects.
  • Strong citizen involvement: Olympia believes in and provides opportunities for citizen involvement. Olympia residents can run for City Council positions and serve on advisory boards, and commissions, including: Arts Commission, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Heritage Commission, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Want more information?

Contact: Todd Stamm, Planning Manager, at 360.753.8314, or email us at cpdinfo@ci.olympia.wa.us.