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Hospital levy vote to return in February

SNOQUALMIE - The Snoqualmie Valley Hospital once again will ask voters to help continue its effort to bring around-the-clock care to the Valley in February via another ballot measure aimed at funding an urgent-care clinic.

At its meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, members of the King County Hospital District 4 Board of Directors approved placing a 7-cent levy increase on the Feb. 4 ballot in 2003. The levy increase, which would raise the present 43-cent property tax per $1,000 of assessed evaluation to 50 cents, would help offset the costs of a 24-hour urgent care facility the hospital plans to open in early April, 2003.

The levy increase, first presented to voters on the Nov. 5 ballot, failed to get the simple majority it needed to pass. It garnered slightly more than 49 percent support.

Snoqualmie Valley Hospital Superintendent Jeff Lyle said that he thinks the levy will have a better chance of passing next time around.

Board members agreed. Most said they have heard stories about how voters were unaware the levy was even on the ballot because of how little the hospital had campaigned for the increase and because the measure was placed on the backside of the ballot.

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