King County voters approve zoo bonds and Medic One levy on November 5, 1985.

  • By David Wilma
  • Posted 9/05/2001
  • Essay 3543
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On November 5, 1985, King County voters approve $31.5 million in bonds for the Woodland Park Zoo and a property tax levy to continue coordinated Medic One service.

Voters in Seattle had turned down bonds for the zoo. The city of Seattle and a special zoo commission persuaded the King County Council that the Woodland Park Zoo was an important and valuable resource for all county residents. The council approved the bond measure for a countywide ballot. The funding enabled the zoo to complete an Asian forest and to construct other natural habitat exhibits. Private donation amounting to $10 million supplemented the public money.

Medic One in King County began in 1979. It mirrored the Medic One cardiac care units in operation in Seattle since 1970. The funding allowed continuation of emergency care for rural and suburban King County.


Bob Lane, "Voters Approve Medic 1 Levy And Zoo Bonds," The Seattle Times, November 6, 1985, p. D-4.

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