Oregon Full Rental Value Land Tax and Homemakers’ Loan Fund, Measure 4 (1916)

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The Oregon Full Rental Value Land Tax and Homemakers’ Loan Fund Amendment , also known as Measure 4, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have taken all land rent values for public taxes, provided for farmers and other home builders a system of state credits and loans and guaranteed every person the exclusive possession of his or her land.


Election results

Oregon Measure 4 (1916)
Defeatedd No154,98078.13%
Yes 43,390 21.87%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by Oregon State Federation of Labor, T, H ;Burchard, President; E, J, Stack, Secretary, 302 Oregonian Building, Portland, Oregon; and the, Central Labor Council of Portland and Vicinity, Eugene E. Smith, President; A. W. Jones, Vice-President; E. J:Stack, Secretary, 162 1/2 Second Street. Portland, Oregon. - FULL RENTAL VALUE LAND TAX AND HOMEMAKERS’ LOAN FUND AMENDMENT - Purpose - A constitutional amendment declaring and defining (a) people's power and right; (b) citizen's right to use of land; (c) public ownership of land rent; (d) public policy of Oregon; defining (e) the word "land;" (f) method of appraising land rent; (g) land improvement; providing for (h) levy of permanent land rent tax; (i) publication of assessment; (j) delinquent tax sale; (k) maintenance of private property rights; (l) separate assessment of land rent; (m) standing timber; (n) assessment and collection of tax; (o) duty of Governor and State Land Board; (p) how personal property and land improvements may be taxed by vote of people only; (q) distribution of revenue from land rent tax; and (r) establishing homemakers' loan fund.
 --- Vote YES or NO.

306. Yes

307. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 4 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on July 6, 1916 by the Oregon State Federation of Labor and the Central Labor Council.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 8, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.