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Public Hospital District No. 2

Proposition No. 1
Bonds for the EvergreenHealth Hospital and Medical Campus

The Board of Commissioners of King County Public Hospital District No. 2, EvergreenHealth, adopted Resolution No. 898-19 concerning a proposition to finance improvements to its health care facilities. The improvements include Seismic and Infrastructure upgrades; a new Critical Care Unit; updating the Family Maternity Center; new Medical Office Buildings for Outpatient Care; and additional technology and infrastructure improvements. Approval of the ballot proposition would authorize issuance of up to $345,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within thirty years to pay for such improvements and the levy of annual excess property taxes to pay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 898-19. Should this proposition be:

Approved

Rejected


King County Public Hospital District No. 2 (EvergreenHealth) provides health care services to the residents of northeast King County.  The Board of EvergreenHealth has determined that the oldest buildings on the hospital’s main campus, which were built in the 1970s, require seismic and other improvements to safely serve the health needs of the community if a major natural disaster were to occur.  The Board has also determined that additional improvements to EvergreenHealth’s facilities are necessary to serve the health care needs of the residents including relocating and upgrading the hospital’s critical care unit to treat the most critically ill patients; constructing an outpatient medical services building to accommodate community growth and programs such as outpatient mental health; and upgrading and modernizing the hospital’s maternity center.

 

If approved, this proposition would authorize up to $345,000,000 of general obligation bonds to pay for the improvements described above.  The bonds will be repaid from an annual excess property tax levy and will replace bonds authorized by the district voters in 2004.   Based on current market conditions, the combination of the proposed excess levy and EvergreenHealth’s regular levy is not expected to exceed Evergreen’s current levy rate.  Exemptions from taxes may be available to homeowners 61 or older, veterans, or disabled, and who meet certain income requirements. For more information on the exemptions, call the King County Department of Assessments at 206-296-3920.  Further information on the ballot measure is available at www.evergreenhealth.com.

EvergreenHealth is our not-for-profit public hospital founded by the community to serve you and your family as your primary healthcare provider, in the event of a personal medical emergency, or when a natural disaster strikes. Prop 1 is critical to our hospital’s ability to serve us, which is why the publicly-elected Board of Commissioners listened to voters and made sure approving Prop will not increase your tax rate for EvergreenHealth.

 

Prop 1 is primarily a safety measure, with over 60% used to seismically retrofit our oldest buildings and replace aging 1970’s-era infrastructure at the core of the hospital. This is critical to EvergreenHealth continuing to function and serve the community after a major natural disaster. 

 

Remaining funds will be used for relocating and upgrading the existing 1985 Critical Care Unit so patient rooms are able to accommodate vital modern equipment; constructing a medical building for programs like outpatient mental health; upgrading the outdated Maternity Center; and providing life-saving medical equipment.

 

EvergreenHealth has been designated a Top 100 hospital in the United States since 2017 by Healthgrades, a national quality ranking system. Please support your public hospital by approving Prop 1. For more information visit ApproveEvergreenHealth.com.

A community hospital was not financially viable in 1967. The area was a lightly populated, mid to lower income suburban-rural community. Taxpayers stepped up to start Evergreen Hospital District. Over the year’s taxpayers contributed almost half a billion dollars to build the campus and support operations.

Your 2019 hospital levy is $18,000,000 plus bond payments on $40,000,000 for the hospital tower. District residents receive no special services and pay the same rates for care at Evergreen as other hospitals and out-of-area patients. Less than half of district residents use Evergreen. What do you get for your tax dollars?

Today our community is one of the richest in the state. Why isn’t Evergreen paying its own way like other hospitals? The board uses your tax dollars to compete with other area hospitals that don’t levy taxes. Board operations are not transparent, meetings are not recorded, meeting materials are incomplete, minutes are brief and uninformative, citizen comment is restricted.

The board is asking for the largest bond ever, $345,000,000. With interest this would cost approximately $505,000,000. Proposition 1 will double your hospital district bond tax and extend payments through 2040. Tell the board it is time for a new direction. Vote No.

EvergreenHealth is a public hospital with elected Commissioners who answer to you. That’s why Prop 1 was written to make critical earthquake improvements to aging buildings and equipment, without raising your tax rates. Prop 1 opponents say our community should not have a public hospital, because not everyone in the district uses it. We disagree – quality healthcare needs to be available in emergencies. Approve Prop 1: Our community needs EvergreenHealth to be here for us.

 

Shirley Ferguson, Barbara Jensen, Karlyn Huddy, ApproveEvergreenHealth.com

The claim that your taxes will not increase is untrue. The Assessors ‘Landscape’ program clearly shows your capital bond debt retirement will double https://localscape.property/#kingcountyassessor/ and the bond repayment term is extended 15 years.

Critical infrastructure can be moved to the new hospital tower. The failed April Proposition 1 election campaign was entirely funded with $310,000 from the EvergreenHealth Foundation. Hardly what donors expected. We want Evergreen to succeed but taxpayers are not a bottomless piggybank.

 

David Maehren, Paul Hess, www.EvergreenNo.com

60% yes vote with minimum turnout of 56,283 voters (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(b))

Cheryl Chamberlin, Communication Assistant, 425-899-2613, cmchamberlin@evergreenhealth.com

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