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McCormick annexation gets closer

The McCormick Woods annexation drive has gathered 474 signed petitions from property owners who favor becoming part of Port Orchard, with a projected 100 more needed for the action to be submitted to the city.

“We’ve now conclusively established that the annexation effort is resident-driven,” said Annexation Committee President Dick Davis. “It may be time for some of the developers to weigh in.”

Currently, residents holding $213 million (64.34 percent) in property value have shown their support. Another $35 million is needed to get to the $248 million amount, which is 75 percent of the total assessed value of $331 million.

This is based on current assessed value which will change next year, should the effort not reach its goal.

The $35 million amount represents the approximate holdings of McCormick Land Co.

At this point, support from the company represents an approximate swing vote, as it would push the measure close to the top.

But McCormick Woods Land Co. Doug Skrobut said there are still several issues that need to be resolved, including whether the county could provide the same level of service as the city, what improvements need to be made and how they will be paid for.

Skrobut said his group wasn’t looking for a better deal from the city, only assurances that the same level of service would continue.

Some of the details to be determined are road maintenance, streetlights and permitting costs.

“Our support will depend on a business decision,” he said. “If the cost of a permit is considerably more expensive in the city than from the county, that would be something a homebuilder would need to consider.”

Skrobut doesn’t think the company’s support will necessarily lead to approval of the measure at this point, but could in the near future.

“If they’re $5 million away from their goal, that would turn up the heat for us,” he said.

On the other hand, the effort could reach the goal without developer support, making homebuilders irrelevant with regard to this issue.

Skrobut does not oppose annexation, and if it proceeds without his support, “I will say ‘good for them,’” he said.

The annexation effort has until April 1, or it will need to begin anew.

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