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Vote No on Maricopa County Prop 449

October 5, 2020

Maricopa County Proposition 449 extends a tax that is solely for the Maricopa County Special Health Care District. The reason that I recommend a no vote is because special taxing districts are a bad idea. Very few voters know anything about any of these special districts, let alone anything about the elected politicians who govern them. This means, essentially, no accountability and more bureaucracy to manage these special districts. We already have an elected Board of Supervisors for Maricopa County. These supervisors are charged with managing the spending for Maricopa County and they should be the ones responsible for all country government facilities, including the county hospital.

I am guessing that anyone reading this cannot tell me the name of any of the politicians who control the spending of this special health district. But an even better example of this special tax being an “inside job” that very few voters know anything about is to look at the “Informational Pamphlet” sent to voters. There were 37 arguments “for” the proposition and none against. Furthermore, all 37 arguments were paid for by Valleywise Health. That is, not a single person or entity cared enough about this measure to pay for their own submission to be published.

Let’s put the county hospital back under the control of the Board of Supervisors where it belongs. Vote no on Prop 449.

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