Oregon Tax on Companies Utilizing Railways, Measure 10 (June 1906)

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The Oregon Tax on Companies Utilizing Railways Bill, also known as Measure 10, was on the June 4, 1906 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure levied a three percent license fee on the gross earnings of sleeping car companies, refrigerator car companies and oil companies.[1]

The bill defined a "sleeping car company" as a firm utilizing state railways for the purpose of the "transportation, accommodation, comfort, and convenience or safety of passengers." A "refrigerator car company" was defined as a firm utilizing state railways for the purpose of "keeping cool food or other articles of merchandise during the transportation." An "oil company," for the purposes of the license fee, was defined as a nonresident firm utilizing state railways "in the business of buying and selling oil (petroleum in its various products)."[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 10 (1906)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 69,635 91.53%
No6,4418.47%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

The Following Is The Number and Form in Which the Question will be Printed on the Official Ballot:

Proposed By Initiative Petition

For an act requiring sleeping car companies, refrigerator car companies, and oil companies to pay an annual license upon gross earnings. --- Vote Yes or No

318. Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

319. No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Media editorial positions

Support

  • Daily Capital Journal said, “No. 318 is “Yes” for an act requiring sleeping car companies, refrigerator car companies and oil companies to pay an annual license upon gross earnings... These companies are not the same companies that run the regular trains, but are special concerns organized and doing this special class of business."[2]

Path to the ballot

Measure 10 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State on February 3, 1906.[3]

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