Maricopa voters pass Prop 449

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Nearly two-thirds of Maricopa County voters approved Proposition 449, which renews the annual property owner tax assessment that supplements the operational budget at Valleywise Health.

The county’s teaching public health system serves a large percentage of financially vulnerable patients. Administered through the Maricopa County Special Health Care District’s five-member elected board of directors, the annual assessment will be provided over a 20-year period. The annual assessment levy equals about 12% of district revenues and ensures the continued operation of the district and its many health care facilities.

“On behalf of Valleywise Health’s 4,000-plus employees, our District Medical Group partners, and the nearly half-million patients we serve every year, I want to express our deep gratitude to the voters for their confidence in our organization to provide the highest level of care to all, and especially those who are vulnerable and without resources,” said Steve Purves, Valleywise Health president and CEO.

Valleywise Health is one of the founding members of the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance.

Purves credited the campaign committee’s effectiveness in building a broad coalition of nurses, doctors, public safety personnel, business leaders, elected officials, organizations and others who supported the campaign.

“Clearly, they made the case to voters that Valleywise Health is an indispensable component of a quality health care infrastructure and is complementary to the excellent private hospitals and health systems in Maricopa County.”