Oregon Graduated Income Tax and Property Tax Deduction, Measure 15 (1926)

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The Oregon Graduated Income Tax and Property Tax Deduction Bill, also known as Measure 15, was on the November 2, 1926 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have levied an annual progressive or graduated income tax and allowed for paid property taxes to be deducted from the income tax.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 15 (1926)
Defeatedd No122,51270.93%
Yes 50,199 29.07%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Initiative Bill - Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by Public Service League: L. D. Ferguson, president, 1334 Delaware street, Portland, Oregon; J. C. Potter, secretary and treasurer, 640 East 49th street North, Portland, Oregon - INCOME TAX BILL WITH PROPERTY TAX OFFSET - Purpose: To levy and collect annually state progressive income taxes upon entire net incomes arising or accruing from every source whatever within the state, and from personal property located for taxation within state; deducting as an offset from such tax all property taxes levied during preceding year and actually paid during income year; providing certain deductions and exempting from tax $1,500 net income for single person, $3,000 for head of family, married person, or husband and wife together, $400 for each child or dependent under certain conditions, and $2,000 for each corporation, and other conditional exemptions.
Vote YES or NO.

328. Yes, I vote for the proposed law

329. No, I vote against the proposed law


Path to the ballot

Measure 15 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Public Service League on June 25, 1926.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 13, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.