New King County Tax
In November 2016, King County passed Ordinance 18403 requiring water, sewer, gas and electric utilities to pay rent for use of the public right-of-way. Charging utilities for rent of infrastructure owned and paid for by the public is a disguised form of regressive taxation and it will impact all utilities that serve our plat.
The Ames Lake Water Association (ALWA) is leading a charge to make our voices heard before this "rental" rate is negotiated with the county.
CALL TO ACTION!
CONTACT OUR COUNCIL MEMBER.
Sarah Perry at
SEND A LETTER.
MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT www.ameslkwater.org
Conclusions reached by a land use lawyer
Legal description of lot A: Lots designated as A which is Ames Lake and bounded by the meander line, also lots BCDE are the undivided and common property of the owners of all lots in this plat for their joint recreational use and enjoyment of their families and guests and are not dedicated to the public: the development, maintenance and upkeep of tracts A-E are a joint obligation of said lot owners and subject to such rules and regulations governing same, as from time to time may be adopted by a majority in interest of said owners.
“Ames Lake is intended to be lot A. This is confirmed by a review of the graphic depictions of the lots in the plat which appear to show the lot lines of the lakefront lots stopping at, and not extending into the lake. The lakeside boundary line of the lots does not include Ames Lake."
Conclusions reached by surveyor
A survey of a lake lot was obtained by ALCC showing lot lines that are drawn within the border of Ames Lake (Lot A). Noted on the survey there is a proviso that states:
The lot and boundary lines and dimensions shown beyond the ordinary high water line of Ames Lake are for calculation purposes only. No lot within the plat of Ames Lake has individual ownership beyond the ordinary high water mark.
When ALCC questioned the surveyor he stated that the survey maps are a partial account of a legal lot and that lines drawn between markers are for calculation purposes only, and the complete description of the legal lot must also include the plat dedication, description and restrictions as part of the legal description.
LOT OWNERS HAVE REJECTED THE USE OF PESTICIDES ON OUR COMMON LOTS
ALCC would like to share the results of the vote regarding the use of pesticides/herbicides on Ames Lake. We would like to express our deep gratitude to members who took the time to participate in the vote.
Ballot Results - Do you accept or reject the use of pesticides/herbicides on our common lots?
A total of 246 votes were received.
102 votes were cast to accept the use of pesticides/herbicides
144 votes were cast to reject the use of pesticides/herbicides.
Ames Lake Plat Owners have rejected the use of pesticides/herbicides on our common owned lots A-E.
53% of the entire plat participated in this vote.
The vote consisted of 165 individual households (64 distinct households voting to accept vs 101 households voting to reject).