Maine Watercraft Property Tax Exemption, Constitutional Amendment 6 (1983)

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The Maine Watercraft Property Tax Exemption Referendum, also known as Constitutional Amendment 6, was on the November 8, 1983 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] The measure would have permitted 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. This would have amended Section 23 of Article IV, Part Third of the Maine Constitution.[2][3]

Background

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]

Aftermath

In 1984, a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment 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.[1][5][6]

Election results

Maine Constitutional Amendment 6 (1983)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No151,49953.14%
Yes 133,605 46.86%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Special Election Results from November 8, 1983

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[3]

"Shall the Constitution of Maine be amended to allow the State to create a property tax exemption for watercraft without being required to reimburse municipalities for fifty percent of the property tax revenue loss?" [7]

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