South Dakota Civil Township Debt Limit (1896)

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The South Dakota Civil Township Debt Limit Referendum was on the November 3, 1896 ballot in South Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure added civil townships to the list of political subdivisions that were subject to a debt limit of five percent of the assessed value of the taxable property therein.[1][2]

Election results

South Dakota Civil Township Debt Limit Referendum (1896)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 28,290 65.82%
No14,78934.18%

Election results via: South Dakota Political Almanac, Table 7. Results of Elections Concerning State Constitutional Amendments and Initiated and Referred Laws, 1889-1968

Text of measure

Constitutional changes

The measure amended Section 4 of Article 13 of the South Dakota Constitution to read as follows:[2]

Section 4. The debt of any county, city, town, school district, civil township, or other subdivision, shall never exceed five (5) per centum upon the assessed value of the taxable property therein. In estimating the amount of indebtedness which a municipality or subdivision may incur the amount of indebtedness contracted prior to the adoption of this constitution shall be included.[3]

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See also: Amending the South Dakota Constitution

The South Dakota State Legislature can refer a proposed amendment to the state's voters through a majority vote.

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