Oregon Right to Vote on All New Taxes Initiative (2014)

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The Right to Vote on All New Taxes Initiative did not make the November 2014 statewide ballot as an initiated state statute. The measure would have required that a majority of "electors interested" - those who choose to vote on the issue - approve laws imposing or increasing taxes and fees. The initiative was sponsored by the Taxpayers Association of Oregon, with the organization's director, Jason Williams, listed as the primary sponsor.[1][2]

Background

A subsidiary of Gallatin Public Affairs conducted a poll worth approximately $23,000 at the end of December 2013 to gauge interest in the measure. Dan Lavey, the firm's president, stated, "I'm not going to release the results of the survey, but I'd say it's very promising." Oregonians previously rejected measures with objectives similar to the current one, once in 1994 and again in 2000.[1]

Text of the measure

The text of the proposed measure read:[3]

Be It Enacted By The People Of Oregon:

Section 1. (1) Any local law imposing or increasing a tax or fee shall be submitted to the voters of the local government and approved by at least a majority of the votes cast thereon, before taking effect. However, the requirements of this section shall not apply to:

a. Any local law imposing or increasing a tax or fee, adopted by a local government, that is reasonably estimated by the local government to raise no more than $750,000 during the three year period immediately following enactment.

Section 2. (1) For purposes of this 2014 Act:

a. The term "local law" shall be liberally construed to include ordinances, resolutions, and any other law of a local government.
b. "Local government" means any entity or body defined as a "local government" in ORS 174.116 or a "special government body" as defined in ORS 174.117.

Section 3. This 2014 Act does not apply to any local law adopted by a local government prior to the effective date of this 2014 Act.

Section 4. The provisions of this 2014 Act are intended to be severable and if any part of this 2014 Act is held unconstitutional or invalid, the remaining parts shall remain in full force and effect. [4]

Support

The initiative was sponsored by the Taxpayers Association of Oregon, with the organization's director, Jason Williams, listed as the primary sponsor.[1]

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 87,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014. On June 19, 2014, the petitioners withdrew the initiative.[2]

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