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Oregon Sales Tax Increase for Education, Measure 5 (May 1934)

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The Oregon Sales Tax Increase for Education Bill, also known as Measure 5, was on the May 18, 1934 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have increased the sales tax by 1.5% and appropriated such revenues to school districts.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 5 (May 1934)
Defeatedd No156,18270.72%
Yes 64,677 29.28%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed Law - Referendum Ordered by Petition of the People

SCHOOL RELIEF SALES TAX BILL - Purpose: To provide for relief of the existing serious financial condition of the public schools, due to unusual tax delinquency, by collecting a tax of one and one-half per cent of gross receipts from retail sales of tangible personal property and utility service, such tax to be paid by the seller and by him collected from the purchaser; exempting gross receipts of each person up to $50 a month; all net revenues derived from such tax to be apportioned to school districts and the amount thereof deducted from school taxes on property; this law to be effective until June 30, 1936.
Vote YES or NO

308. Yes. I vote for the proposed law.

309. No. I vote against the proposed law.


Path to the ballot

Measure 5 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Legislative Assembly on March 8, 1934.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 18, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.