Maine Watercraft Excise Tax, Constitutional Amendment 8 (1984)

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The Maine Watercraft Excise Tax Referendum, also known as Constitutional Amendment 8, was on the November 6, 1984 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1] The measure provided for watercraft to not be taxed as personal property, as long as certain watercraft were subject to an excise tax collected and used by municipalities. This amended Section 8 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]


In 1978, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment was passed that required the state to reimburse municipalities each year for one-half of the property tax losses suffered by that municipality during the previous calendar year because of statutory property tax exemptions and credits enacted after April 1, 1978.[1][4]

In 1983, another legislatively-referred constitutional amendment attempted to permit the legislature to create a property tax exemption for watercraft without being required to reimburse the municipalities for 50 percent of their property tax revenue loss resulting from the exemption. The measure was defeated.[1][5][6]

Election results

Maine Constitutional Amendment 8 (1984)
Approveda Yes 336,848 66.55%

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:[3]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended so that no watercraft will be taxed as personal property, provided there is an excise tax on some watercraft collected and used by municipalities?" [7]

Constituitonal changes

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

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