Valleywise Health Medical Center is central Phoenix is a part of the Valleywise Health medical system. (Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic)
Proposition 449 on the Nov. 3 general election ballot in Maricopa County asks to continue funding Valleywise Health, a countywide public safety-net medical system.
The Phoenix-based nonprofit Valleywise Health includes, among other services, a public teaching hospital that contains both a Level One (highest level) trauma center and Arizona’s only nationally verified burn center. Previously, it was called the Maricopa Integrated Health Care System, or MIHS.
As of Sept. 26, there was no known organized opposition to the “yes” or “no” ballot question. The funding comes from a special secondary property tax that’s been paid by property owners in Maricopa County since 2004. This year that tax amounts to an estimated $36.86 per year for residential property owners of a home assessed at $200,000.
Valleywise serves a disproportionately high