Oregon Tax Levy for New Penitentiary, Measure 6 (June 1917)

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The Oregon Tax Levy for New Penitentiary Act, also known as Measure 6, was on the June 4, 1917 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have authorized the construction of a new $400,000 State Penitentiary and levied a tax for four years to pay for it.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 6 (1917)
Defeatedd No86,16564.87%
Yes 46,666 35.13%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Proposed Law - Referred to the People by the Legislative Assembly

Submitted by the Legislature - FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR TAX LEVY FOR A NEW PENITENTIARY - Purpose - To authorize the Board of Control to construct a new State Penitentiary by contract or otherwise, and to acquire a new site or grounds therefor in the county in which the penitentiary is now located, at a total cost not exceeding four hundred thousand dollars. To enable the Board of Control to carry out the provisions of this Act, a State tax levy of one hundred thousand dollars each year for four years is authorized to be made in addition to the taxes otherwise authorized by law. --- Vote YES or NO.

312. Yes

313. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 6 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on February 20, 1917 by the Legislative Assembly.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 11, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.