Oregon State Tax Levy Increase, Measure 7 (1918)

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The Oregon State Tax Levy Increase Bill, also known as Measure 7, was on the November 5, 1918 ballot in Oregon as a commission referral, where it was defeated. The measure would have increased the state tax levy to increase tax revenues by $940,000 to manage debts incurred by the maintenance of various state institutions and departments.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 7 (1918)
Defeatedd No56,97457.94%
Yes 41,364 42.06%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]


Certificate of Necessity for Increase in State Tax Levy for 1919 - (Issued under authority of Chapter 150, Laws of 1917) - State of Oregon, County of Marion, ss. - We, the undersigned, constituting the State Tax Commission of Oregon hereby certify that in our opinion it is necessary to levy and amount of state taxes for the fiscal year 1919 larger by $940,000.00 than the amount limited by the Constitution of Oregon, unless specifically authorized by vote of the people. From careful investigation we believe that the proposed specific increase of the state levy of taxes for 1919 is necessary that deficiency debts incurred for maintenance of state institutions and departments may be paid, that increased cost of necessary labor and supplies during the ensuing biennium may be anticipated, that unavoidable obligations in war emergencies may be met and that the credit of the state may be preserved. The amount specified is estimated as equivalent to an average levy of one mill on the dollar of the total assessed valuation of the state for the current year. Witness our hands and the seal of the State Tax Commission this seventeenth day of September, 1918. (Seal of the State Tax Commission, Oregon.) James Withycombe, Governor, chairman; Ben W. Olcott, Secretary of State; Thos. B. Kay, State Treasurer; Chas. V. Galloway, Tax Commissioner. Filled in the office of the Secretary of State September 17, 1918.

Shall the increase of $940,000.00, as stated in the foregoing certificate, in the total amount of the state levy of taxes for the year 1919 over the amount otherwise limited by the Constitution of Oregon, be authorized? --- Vote YES or NO.

312. Yes

313. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 7 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on September 17, 1918 by the State Tax Commission.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Sunday Oregonian, "Sample Ballot for State and County Election November 5," October 27, 1918
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.