Barely 2 years after a record close gubernatorial race in Washington, Proposition One may have set a record for the most lopsided defeat in State History. Prop One was introduced as a means to incorporate the Maple Valley-Black Diamond area into the Valley Hospital Taxing District. Valley Hospital is located in Renton and is in a hospital district that comprises the surrounding areas of Kent, Covington, and parts of Renton and Newcastle.
Since this area is growing at such a fast rate, the proposition looked good on paper at first. However, as the campaign went on, it was apparent that Valley Hospital was hiding the fact that there are already excellent health facilities in the area, that can operate without taxation and that would have to leave the area if Prop one had succeeded.
In case you were wondering, Prop one failed by 94 per cent!