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Maine Property Tax Exemption for Historic Properties and Significant Vistas, Question 9 (1999)

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The Maine Property Tax Exemption for Historic Properties and Significant Vistas Referendum, also known as Question 9, was on the November 2, 1999 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure allowed for reduced property taxes on property that was to be maintained for historic preservation or for scenic views of significant vistas. This amended Section 8 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[2]

Election results

Maine Question 9 (1999)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 221,997 54.53%
No185,12145.47%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 8

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

Question 9: Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow for reduced property taxes on property that will be maintained for historic preservation or for scenic views of significant vistas? [3]

Summary

The following description of the intent and content of this measure was given in the Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:

This Resolution would authorize an amendment to the Constitution of Maine to allow a municipality to reduce taxes on real property if the property owner agrees to maintain the property in accordance with criteria adopted by the municipality to preserve the historic integrity of important structures or to provide scenic view easements of significant vistas.

A "YES" vote approves the constitutional amendment.

A "NO" vote disapproves the constitutional amendment. [3]

—Maine Secretary of State, [2]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Maine state constitution

The measure was placed on the ballot as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Maine Constitution by a two-thirds vote of both chambers of the state legislature.[2]

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