Washington Property Taxes, Initiative 559 (1991)

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The Washington Property Taxes Initiative, also known as Initiative 559, was on the November 5, 1991 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was defeated. The measure would have set property values for tax purposes back to the January 1, 1985 value.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 559 (1991)
Defeatedd No869,62659.48%
Yes 592,391 40.52%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall property value for tax purposes be the January 1, 1985 value or subsequent sales price, adjusted for cost of living changes?[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 559 was filed on January 23, 1991 by Marijcke Clapp of Seattle. 276,653 signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1991 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 28, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed August 28, 2013