Maine Property Tax Exemption for Historic Properties and Significant Vistas, Question 9 (1999)
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. 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.
|Maine Question 9 (1999)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
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? 
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. 
—Maine Secretary of State, 
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
- Maine 1999 ballot measures
- 1999 ballot measures
- List of Maine ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Maine
- Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 2, 1999 from Maine Secretary of State
- Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-
- Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, "Proposed Constitutional Amendments 1820-," accessed May 5, 2014
- Maine Secretary of State, Division of Elections, "Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 2, 1999," accessed May 5, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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