Oregon Sales Tax for Education and Other Tax Reductions, Measure 1 (September 1985)

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The Oregon Sales Tax for Education and Other Tax Reductions Amendment, also known as Measure 1, was on the September 17, 1985 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have instated a five percent sales tax to fund educational institutions, reduced income, property and timber taxes and prohibited local sales taxes.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (September 1985)
Defeatedd No664,36577.79%
Yes 189,733 22.21%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]


QUESTION - Shall people amend Constitution, approve limited sales tax partially replacing property taxes for schools, community colleges, reducing income, timber taxes?

EXPLANATION - Approves sales tax law to fund schools, community colleges, reducing income, property, timber taxes. Amends Constitution to limit sales tax to 5%, example home consumed food, medical services, drugs, utilities, real estate transactions, animals, certain farm supplies. Prohibits local sales taxes. Directs legislation for administrative costs, tax relief for renters and low income individuals, limiting state spending increases. Provides school district tax bases, limits annual increase and school levy elections. Makes other changes.

ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECT - Passage of this measure starts collection on April 1, 1986 of a five percent retail sales and use tax. Medical costs, purchases of food and drugs, utility costs, rent payments, real property purchases, animal purchases, certain farm supplies and other specific items will not be taxed. This tax is expected to raise about $926 million in Fiscal year 1986-1987 for the following items:

  • $701.5 million will be used to cut property tax an average statewide of 35 percent on all classes of property.
  • $51 million will be used for renter relief.
  • $124 million will be used to cut individual income taxes by an average of 9.7 percent.
  • $19 million will be used to pay all or part of the sales tax paid by families with a total income of $17,500 or less.
  • $12 million will be used to pay the state’s cost to collect and disburse the tax.
  • $18.5 million will be used to repay business people for collecting the sales tax.


NO □ [2]




  • State Senator Rod Monroe (D)[1]
  • State Representative Tom Throop (D)
  • State Representative Ted Calouri (R)
  • State Senator Vera Katz (D)
  • State Senator John Kitzhaber (D)
  • State Senator Tony Meeker (R)
  • Former Governor Robert Straub (D)
  • Verne Duncan, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • William E. Davis, Chancellor of Higher Education


  • League of Women Voters of Oregon[1]
  • People for a Better Oregon
  • Oregon State Council of Senior Citizens
  • Confederation of Oregon School Administrators
  • Small Business Advistory Committee
  • Oregon State Home Builders Association
  • Associated Oregon Industries
  • Portland Chamber of Commerce
  • Beaverton Chamber of Commerce
  • Oregon State Firefighter’s Council




  • State Senator Edward N. Fadeley (D)[1]
  • State Senator Margie Hendriksen (D)
  • State Senator Bill McCoy (D)
  • State Senator Jan Wyers (D)
  • State Senator Mae Yih (D)
  • State Senator Walt Brown (D)
  • State Representative Dave McTeague (D)
  • State Representative Dick Springer (D)
  • State Representative Larry Hill (D)


  • Democratic Party of Oregon[1]
  • Communist Party, Oregon District
  • No Sales Tax League
  • Citizens for Faire Taxes
  • Consumers Opposing the Sales Tax
  • Oregon Fair Share
  • Oregon State Grange

See also

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 4, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.