The Maine Commercial Fishing Amendment
, on the ballot as Question 7
, was on the November 8, 2005
election ballot in Maine
. Question 7 was proposed as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
to the Maine Constitution
by the Maine State Legislature
. Question 7 was approved.
The effect of the approval of Question 7 was to amend the Maine Constitution to allow the Maine State Legislature to authorize that waterfront land used for commercial fishing be assessed, for property tax purposes, based on the land's current use. When Question 7 was approved, land used for farming, open space and forestland was already assessed based on usage characteristics. The purpose of Question 7 was to bring property tax assessments for land used for commercial fishing into conformity with that practice.
| Question 7|
| Yes|| 276,116|| 72%|
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
- "Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to permit the Legislature to authorize waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities to be assessed based on the land's current use in a manner similar to treatment now available for farms, open space and forestland?"