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Oregon School District Tax Base Limits, Measure 1 (May 1989)

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The Oregon School District Tax Base Limits Amendment, also known as Measure 1, was on the May 16, 1989 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have revised the tax base limits of school districts and permitted the merging of school districts to form new tax bases.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 1 (May 1989)
Defeatedd No263,28358.89%
Yes 183,818 41.11%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Question: Shall Oregon Constitution be amended to establish new tax base limits on schools?

Explanation: Amends Oregon Constitution. Beginning in 1990, gives a school district a tax base equal to: (1) any one of the district’s operating levies in the prior three years plus six percent, or (2) for two-year safety net districts, the district’s 1989 operating levy plus 12.36 percent, or (3) the operating levy approved by the district’s local voters for 1990, if approved by July 1, 1989. Permits merging school districts to form new tax base limit by combing their existing tax base limits.


NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 6, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.