Washington Open Space Taxation, HJR 1 (1968)

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The Washington Open Space Taxation Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 1, was on the November 5, 1968 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided that property be taxed based on use rather than potential use for agricultural, forests, and other open space properties.[1] The measure added Section 11 of Article VII of the Washington State Constitution.[2]

Election results

Washington HJR 1 (1968)
Approveda Yes 705,978 67.79%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 11 of Article VII

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall Article VII of the State Constitution be amended by adding a section authorizing the legislature - to provide that farms, agricultural lands, standing timber and timberlands, and other open space lands used for recreation or enjoyment of their scenic or natural beauty, shall be valued for purposes of taxation on the basis of the use to which such property currently is being applied, rather than on the highest and best use?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1968 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 27, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed August 27, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.