Arizona Local Debt Limit Amendment, Questions 107 and 108 (1912)

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The Arizona Local Debt Limit Amendment, also known as Questions 107 and 108, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 5, 1912 ballot in Arizona, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article 9, Section 8 of the Arizona Constitution to set limits on how much debt counties and school districts can take on.[1]

Election results

Arizona Questions 107 and 108 (1912)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 15,358 85.16%
No2,67614.84%

Election results via: Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

To amend Section 8 of Article IX of the Constitution of the State of Arizona, limiting the amount of indebtedness of any County or school district to ten per centum of the taxable property of such County.or school district as shown by the last assessment roll thereof, when such indebtedness is authorized to exceed four per centum of such taxable property, by the assent of a majority of the property taxpayers , who must also be qualified electors of such County or school district; and, providing further, that any incorporated city or town, with a majority assent of taxpayers and electors thereof, may be allowed to become indebted to an amount larger than four per centum of the taxable property, as shown by the last assessment roll of such incorporated city or town, but not to exceed fifteen per centum additional, for supplying such city or town with water, artificial light or sewers; when the works for supplying the same are or shall be owned and controlled by the incorporated city or town. Vote YES or NO.
107. Yes.
108. No.[1][2]

Constitutional changes

"Sec. 8. No county, city, town, school district, or other municipal corporation shall for any purpose become indebted in any manner to an amount exceeding four per centum of the taxable property in such county, city, town, school district, or other municipal corporation, without the assent of a majority of the property taxpayers, who must also in all respects be qualified electors, therein voting at an election provided by law to be held for that purpose, the value of the taxable property therein to be ascertained by the last assessment for State and county purposes, previous to incurring such indebtedness; except, that in incorporated cities and towns assessments shall be taken from the last assessment for city or town purposes." Provided, that under no circumstances shall any county or school district become indebted to an amount exceeding ten per centum of such taxable property, as shown by the last assessment roll thereof; and provided further, "that any incorporated city or town, with such assent, may be allowed to become indebted to a larger amount, but not exceeding fifteen per centum additional, for supplying such city or town with water, artificial light, or sewers, when the works for supplying such water, light, or sewers are or shall be owned and controlled by the municipality.[1]

Path to the ballot

The measure was submitted to the people via "Senate Bill No. 2 (Special Session)"

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Arizona Secretary of State, Arizona Initiative and Referendum Pamphlet, 1912
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.