Resolution was approved 7-0 in support of Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 1 (EvergreenHealth Monroe) levy on the April 23, 2019 ballet.
The City Council directed staff to bring forward for citizen comment and Council consideration a resolution in support of Snohomish County Public Hospital District No. 1 Levy, that will appear on the April 23, 2019 Ballot. EvergreenHealth Monroe is a public hospital (Snohomish County Public Hospital District #1) which means it is partially funded by community tax dollars within the district. The measure asks voters to consider an increase in property taxes for the benefit of the Public Hospital District.
Council President Jason Sanders stated, “Having a modern well-supported hospital in the Skykomish Valley, from Snohomish to Stevens Pass, is more critical than ever. Everett and Kirkland are getting more difficult to travel to and also crowded. In a natural disaster or a health emergency, having the best doctors and nurses for delivering your baby, providing local mental health and addiction services, or if you break your leg at Stevens Pass are crucial. We need to support EvergreenHealth Monroe.”
Mayor John T. Kartak, who is not a voting member of the Council, also earnestly leant his support at Tuesday night’s meeting, “The median public hospital levy rate in our state is about 64 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. EvergreenHealth Monroe is asking voters for 47 cents, much less than the state median. The new leadership at the hospital has proven in recent years their tremendous capabilities and long-term commitment to our community. We need to support them now, so they can be there when our families will someday urgently need them.”
Remember to vote by Tuesday, April 23. Ballots will be mailed on April 4.