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Oregon New Property Tax Bases for Schools, Measure 10 (1970)

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The Oregon New Property Tax Bases for Schools Amendment, also known as Measure 10, was on the November 3, 1970 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have set new tax bases for schools based on current expenditures plus 6% annual increase.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 10 (1970)
Defeatedd No405,43764.44%
Yes 223,735 35.56%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

10. NEW PROPERTY TAX BASES FOR SCHOOLS - Purpose: Constitutional amendment setting new tax bases for schools based on current expenditures plus 6% annual increase. Restricts authority to levy outside tax base. Presently, many school districts’ tax bases are far below current expenditures, thus requiring annual budget elections. Provides that legislature may increase tax bases for increased student enrollment and also reduce tax bases. Otherwise, tax bases cannot be changed without popular vote. Only two elections per year permitted unless legislature provides otherwise.


NO □ [2]



  • Committee for Stable School Finance[1]
  • Portland Labor Center



  • The Women’s Legislative Council[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 2, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.