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Oregon Limitations on Real Property Tax, Measure 6 (1980)

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The Oregon Limitations on Real Property Tax Amendment, also known as Measure 6, was on the November 4, 1980 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have limited the annual real property tax to 1% of the 1977 true cash value of property, prohibited sales and transaction taxes on real property and required a two-thirds vote either by the legislature or voters to approve tax increases under six percent and a two-thirds popular vote for levies above six percent.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 6 (1980)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No711,61763.11%
Yes 416,029 36.89%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

5. CONSTITUTIONAL REAL PROPERTY TAX LIMIT PRESERVING 85% DISTRICTS’ 1977 REVENUE
QUESTION - Shall real property taxes be limited, certain taxes be prohibited, and tax increases require 2/3 legislative or popular vote?

PURPOSE - Constitutional amendment limits annual real property tax to 1% 1977 true cash value, plus among necessary to provide 85% (100% for emergency services) 1977-78 districts’ revenues. Taxable values, district revenues may increase 2% annually. Tax for existing bonded indebtedness not affected. Preserves HARRP. Requires equivalent renter relief. State ad valorem, all sales, transaction taxes on real property prohibited; tax increases require 2/3 legislative or popular vote. Levies outside 6% limitation require 2/3 popular vote.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECTS - In addition to a revenue impact on local government units, passage of this measure will have the following statewide revenue impacts in the first fiscal year of impact (and greater impact thereafter):
Property tax relief for homeowners will be reduced by an estimated $72 million in fiscal year 1981-1982; refunds to renters will be reduced by an estimated $15 million in fiscal year 1981-1982.
HARRP refunds to homeowners will be reduced by estimated $10 million in fiscal year 1982-1983; refunds to renters will be reduced by an estimated $5 million in fiscal year 1982-1983.
Income tax revenue will increase by an estimated $12 million in fiscal year 1981-1982.
Passage of this measure will prohibit the State from selling additional general obligation bonds for the following presently authorized programs:

• Oregon State Highway
• State Power Development
• Oregon Forest Rehabilitation and Reforestation
• Oregon Pollution Control
• Irrigation, Drainage and Water Projects
• Oregon Veterans’ Welfare
• Projects
• Facilities, Community College and Education Center
• Elderly Multi-Family Housing
• Small Scale Energy Projects

Passage of this measure will not affect any existing state bonds.

YES □

NO □ [2]

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Defeatedd Oregon Limitations on Real Property Tax, Measure 3 (1982)

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 9, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.