California Proposition 8, Rules Governing Municipal Taxation (1912)

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This article is about a 1912 ballot measure in California. For other measures with a similar title, see Proposition 8.

Proposition 8 was on the November 5, 1912 ballot in California as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

Proposition 8 prescribed methods and procedures for municipal (city and county) taxation.

Election results

Proposition 8
Defeatedd No243,95959%
Yes 169,321 41%

Constitutional changes

California Constitution

Proposition 8, if it had been approved, would have amended Article XIII of the California Constitution by adding a new Section 8.5, which would have said this:

Section 8 1/2. Any county, city and county, city, town, district or township in this state is hereby empowered to raise revenues for its local purposes and to provide for the time or times of collecting taxes for such purposes in such manner as it may determine, by ordinance or resolution, adopted by a majority vote of the qualified electors thereof, voting thereon at an election held on the question of establishing a new revenue system, or of altering or amending any system of taxation now or hereafter existing for raising such local revenue. Such proposed system or amendment thereof may be submitted at any general or special election held in such county, city and county, city, town, district or township, by initiative petition as provided by law or by resolution of the legislative body of such county or other political subdivision above enumerated.
Property may be classified for the purposes of taxation or exemption from taxes; and taxes or exemption therefrom shall be uniform for all property of each of such classes; provided, that no tax for any local purpose, except for payment of the principal and interest of any bonded indebtedness created and outstanding by any such county, city and county, city, town, township or district, prior to the 8th day of November, 1910, shall be levied on any property set aside for purposes of taxation for state revenue, nor shall any such tax be levied upon any property exempt from local taxation by this constitution or by the constitution or laws of the United States.

Note: In later years, a Section 8.5 was successfully added to Article XIII, but that is an entirely different text.

Ballot summary

Proposition 8's official ballot summary said:

"Electors of the State of California presented to the secretary of state this petition, asking that the proposed constitutional amendment hereinafter set forth be submitted to the electors of the State of California for their approval or rejection: Proposition to amend article XIII of the constitution of the State of California, by the addition of a new section to said article, to be designated and numbered as section 8 1/2 of said article, relating to taxation by counties, cities and counties, cities, towns, districts and townships."

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