Oregon State Tax and Indebtedness Limitations, Measure 11 (1916)

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The Oregon State Tax and Indebtedness Limitations Amendment, also known as Measure 11, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure limited tax levies to not more than the total amount levied the last preceding year plus six percent and limited counties from incurring indebtedness over $5,000, except to suppress insurrection or repel invasion.[1]

Measure 9 added Section 11 of Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.[2]

Election results

Oregon Measure 11 (1916)
Approveda Yes 99,536 54.22%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Constitutional Amendment - Proposed by Initiative Petition

Initiated by State Tax Payers' League, Walter M. Pierce, President, La Grande, Oregon; C. L. Hawley; Vice-President, McCoy, Oregon; J. A. Westerlund, Vice-President, Medford, Oregon; A. M. LaFolIett, Vice-President, Salem, Oregon; Robt. E. Smith, Secretary-Treasurer, Roseburg, Oregon. - STATE-WIDE TAX AND INDEBTEDNESS LIMITATION AMENDMENT - Purpose - Limiting tax levies or State, County, municipality or other taxing power to not more than the total amount levied the last preceding year plus six per centum thereof, except for paying bonded indebtedness and interest thereon, or by vote of people, any increase so voted excluded in determining subsequent tax; limiting power of counties to incur indebtedness to $5000, either voluntarily or when imposed by law, except to suppress insurrection or repel invasion, or not over two per cent of assessed valuation for permanent roads on vote of people; and invalidating debts, payments and taxes exceeding such limitations. --- Vote YES or NO.

320. Yes

321. No [3]

Path to the ballot

Measure 11 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on July 6, 1916 by the State Tax Payers' League.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 8, 2013
  2. Oregon Blue Book, "Oregon State Constitution," accessed November 8, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.