Oregon Revision of Taxes for Education, Measure 1 (May 1973)

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The Oregon Revision of Taxes for Education Bill, also known as Measure 1, was on the May 1, 1973 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have revised how educational institutions receive tax revenues. Specifically, the measure would have limited school districts’ property tax levies, permitted state-wide school tax levies, increased personal income and corporate tax rates, limited federal tax deductions, created a business profit tax, prescribed revenue distribution for school districts and declared the preservation of local school control.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (May 1973)
Defeatedd No358,21958.54%
Yes 253,682 41.46%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

PROPERTY TAX LIMITATION; SCHOOL TAX REVISION. - Purpose: Retains limitations on school tax levies for bonds, capital expenditures, transportation and intermediate education districts. Limits school districts’ other tax levies to $2 per $1,000 value. Permits state-wide school tax on nonresidential property not exceeding $10 per $1,000 value. Makes effective legislation increasing personal income and corporate tax rates, limiting federal tax deduction, creating business profit tax, prescribing revenue distribution for school districts, and declaring preservation of local school control the public policy of Oregon.


NO □ [2]




  • Tax Relief NOW![1]
  • Teamsters
  • Oregon Education Association
  • Oregon Association of School Administrators
  • Portland School Board
  • Oregon State Grange
  • Oregon Farm Bureau
  • League of Women Voters of Oregon


  • Governor Tom McCall (R)
  • Secretary of State Clay Myers (R)
  • Treasurer James Redden (D)
  • President of the Senate Jason Boe (D)
  • Speaker of the House Dick Eymann (D)
  • Speaker Pro Tempore of the House Phil Lang (D)
  • State Senator Thomas R. Mahoney (D)




  • Oregonians Against New Taxes[1]


  • State Senator Victor Atiyeh (R)
  • State Senator John D. Burns (D)
  • State Senator William Carson (R)
  • State Senator Vernon Cook (D)
  • State Senator George Eivers (R)
  • State Senator Tom Hartung (R)
  • State Senator Fred Heard (D)
  • State Senator C.R. Hoyt (R)
  • State Senator Ken Jernstedt (R)
  • State Senator Anthony Meeker (R)
  • State Senator Lynn Newbry (R)
  • State Senator Stan Ouderkirk (R)
  • State Senator Robert F. Smith (R)
  • State Senator Mike Thorne (D)
  • State Representative Stafford Hansell (R)
  • State Representative Sidney Bazett (R)
  • State Representative Harvey Akerson (D)
  • State Representative Jeff Gilmour (D)
  • State Representative Paul Hanneman (R)
  • State Representative Robert Ingalls (R)
  • State Representative Leigh Johnson (R)
  • State Representative Sam Johnson (R)
  • State Representative Denny Jones (R)
  • State Representative Gordon MacPherson (R)
  • State Representative Dick Magruder (D)
  • State Representative Bill Markham (R)
  • State Representative Donald Oakes (R)
  • State Representative Ed Patterson (R)
  • State Representative Michael Ragsdale (R)
  • State Representative Jack Summer (D)
  • State Representative Paul Walden (R)
  • State Representative Gary Wilhelms (R)
  • State Representative Curt Wolfer (D)

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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.