Maine Commercial Fishing Property Tax Amendment, Question 4 (2000)
The Maine Commercial Fishing Waterfront Property Tax Assessment Referendum, also known as Question 4, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure would have provided for the assessment of property tax on waterfront lands used for commercial fishing activities to be based upon the value of its current use. This method of alternative property tax assessment was already available on some other types of property at the time. This would have amended Section 8 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.
|Maine Question 4 (2000)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to provide for the assessment of land used for commercial fishing activities based on the current use of that property? 
The following description of the intent and content of this measure was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election":
This proposal would authorize an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to allow the Legislature to provide for the property tax assessment of waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities, based upon the value of its current use. The Constitution already authorizes this alternative method of property tax assessment for certain farmlands, woodlands, wildlife sanctuaries, and lands used for open space and recreation or the enjoyment of scenic natural beauty.
A "YES" vote approves the constitutional amendment.
A "NO" vote disapproves the constitutional amendment. 
The full text of the constitutional changes proposed by this measure can be read here.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Amending the Maine state constitution
- Maine 2000 ballot measures
- 2000 ballot measures
- List of Maine ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Maine
- Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 7, 2000 from Maine Secretary of State
- Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-
- Bangor Daily News, "Referendum 4 for working waterfronts," October 31, 2000
- Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, "Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-," accessed May 6, 2014
- Maine Secretary of State, Division of Elections, "Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 7, 2000," accessed May 6, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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