Oregon Classification and Taxation of Vehicle Property, Measure 5 (1930)

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The Oregon Classification and Taxation of Vehicle Property Amendment, also known as Measure 5, was on the November 4, 1930 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have authorized the legislature to classify motor vehicles by use, value and depreciation for the purposes of taxation.[1]

Measure 5 would perform, more or less, the equivalent functions of Measure 4. The key difference is that Measure 5 would have amended Section 1 of Article IX and Measure 4 would have amended Section 32 of Article I of the Oregon Constitution to implement an excise tax on vehicle property.

Election results

Oregon Measure 5 (1930)
Defeatedd No111,44163.64%
Yes 63,683 36.36%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly - Vote YES or NO

MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE TAX CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT - Purpose: To amend section 1 of article IX of the state constitution so as to authorize the legislative assembly to classify and subclassify property, including motor vehicles, for purposes of taxation, and, in providing for an excise or privilege tax, to take into consideration use, value and depreciation of the property affected, without specific assessment.

308. Yes, I vote for the amendment.

309. No, I vote against the amendment.


Path to the ballot

Measure 5 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Legislative Assembly on February 27, 1929.[1]

See also

Suggest a link

Defeatedd Oregon Classification and Taxation of Vehicle Property, Measures 4 (1930)

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 15, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.