Oklahoma Bridge and Highway Trust Fund, State Question 723 (September 2005)

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The Oklahoma Bridge and Highway Trust Fund Amendment, also known as State Question 723, was on the September 13, 2005 ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have established the Oklahoma Bridge and Highway Trust Fund. The measure also would have increased the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel and required the monies be deposited into the fund to pay for the construction and reconstruction of bridges and highways.[1]

Question 723 was defeated in spite of the fact that its supporters spent a little over $2 million to campaign in its favor, while its opponents spent $153,000.[2][3]

Election results

Oklahoma State Question 723 (September 2005)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No349,92787.21%
Yes 51,312 12.79%

Election results via: Oklahoma Secretary of State

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title appeared as:[4]

This measure adds a new Article XVI-A to the Oklahoma Constitution. It would enable greater building, construction and reconstruction of bridges and highways. It establishes a constitutional fund known as the Oklahoma Bridge and Highway Trust Fund. It provides for fixed percentages of existing gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to be paid into that fund. It increases the tax on gasoline and diesel fuel and requires the increased monies to be used solely to pay the costs of building, construction and reconstruction of bridges and highways. It prohibits the use of the increased gasoline and diesel fuel taxes to incur debt and protects the future funding of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. To assure the proper use of the monies, it requires a yearly review by the State Auditor and Inspector, the State Board of Equalization, and the Oklahoma Highway Oversight Commission. It establishes the Oklahoma Highway Oversight Commission to monitor use of the monies and funding of transportation by the legislature.

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Full text

The full text of the measure can be read here.

Path to the ballot

289,082 signatures were filed to qualify State Question 723 for the ballot. During the period of circulation, before it was given an official ballot number, it was known as Initiative 378.

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