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Alameda County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Measure Z
Rapid Lifesaving Emergency Care
Washington Township Health Care District

Bond measure - 2/3 Approval Required

Pass: 70568 / 73.38% Yes votes ...... 25596 / 26.62% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Feb 1 2:01pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (181/181)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

To provide rapid, lifesaving emergency medical care to our local community by expanding Emergency/Intensive Care units and other facilities, provide the latest lifesaving medical technologies and facilities for treating heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and other diseases, reduce overcrowding and wait times and to enable Washington Hospital to become a designated Trauma Center, shall Washington Township Health Care District issue $186,000,000 of bonds with an independent citizens' oversight committee, annual audits, and no proceeds going towards administrative salaries?
- YES NO

Impartial Analysis from County Counsel
Measure Z, a Washington Township Health Care District ("District") bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue and sell bonds of up to one hundred eighty-six million dollars ($186,000,000.00) in aggregate principal amount.


Pursuant to California Constitution Section 1 of Article XIIIA and California Health & Safety Code Section 32302, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure.


Under the Ballot title/question, the proceeds will fund projects to expand emergency/intensive care units and other facilities, to provide medical technologies and facilities to treat various diseases, to reduce wait times and overcrowding, and to enable Washington Hospital to become a designated trauma center.


If two-thirds of those who vote on the measure vote "yes", the District will be authorized to issue bonds of up to one hundred eighty-six million dollars ($186,000,000.00). Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.


The Tax Rate Statement for Measure Z in this sample ballot pamphlet reflects the District's best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The best estimate of the tax required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the sale of the bonds is 1.310 per $100.00 (one hundred dollars), which is $13.10 (thirteen dollars and ten cents) per $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand dollars), of the assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-2017. The best estimate of the highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is 1.667 per $100.00 (one hundred dollars), which is $16.67 (sixteen dollars and sixty-seven cents) per $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand dollars), of the assessed valuation in fiscal year 2044-2045. The best estimate of the average tax rate over all of the years that the bonds are outstanding is 0.987 per $100.00 (one hundred dollars), which is $9.87 (nine dollars and eighty-seven cents) per $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand dollars), of the assessed valuation.


An independent citizens' oversight committee will monitor the bond expenditures.


If two-thirds of those voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.


DONNA R. ZIEGLER
County Counsel


The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Z, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: http://www.acgov.org/rov/.

 
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Arguments For Measure Z
Owned by the residents of Fremont, Union City, Newark, Sunol and south Hayward, Washington Hospital has been named Alameda County's best hospital. As our community's hospital, all profits are reinvested locally to provide the best quality healthcare for our community.


Opened in 1958 to serve a community of 18,000 people, Washington Hospital today serves over 320,000 residents. Emergency Room facilities are severely overcrowded; with over 50,000 visits per year. The existing Intensive Care Unit is 45 years old and too small.


Measure Z will provide local residents access to the most advanced treatments for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases.


Measure Z will:

  • Provide local access to the latest advanced medical technologies and treatments.
  • Enable Washington Hospital to apply to become a designated Trauma Center to provide the highest level of emergency care to patients.
  • Reduce overcrowding and wait times by expanding Emergency Room facilities.
  • Upgrade and expand the aging Intensive and Critical Care Units.
  • Provide state required upgrades for earthquake safety.


Internal resources and private donations will pay for part of the cost of hospital construction and projects. Measure Z will cost homeowners on average about $35 per year and is deductible on state and federal taxes.


Every penny from this measure must stay in our community to complete the hospital. No funds can be taken away by the State or be used for other purposes like administrators' salaries. An independent Citizens Oversight Committee will ensure funds are spent properly.


Local nurses, doctors, firefighters, police, and emergency response providers urge support of Measure Z.


When you need emergency care, you need it fast. Seconds can mean the difference between life and death. This measure will ensure rapid access to life-saving medical care when you or your family needs it most.


Please vote YES on Measure Z.


S/ Martha Ann Guilbeaux
ED Nurse & Fremont Resident for 37 Years
S/ Brent Carl Hudson
Retired, Fremont Resident for 37 Years
S/ Douglas Van Houten
Stroke Program Coordinator & Fremont Resident for 22 Years
S/ David W. Smith
Former Mayor, City of Newark
S/ William E. Dugoni Jr.
Physician & Surgeon, Fremont Resident Since 1991

(No arguments against Measure Z were submitted)


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