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Washington Statutory Tax Limitation, Initiative 44 (1972)

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The Washington Statutory Tax Limitation Amendment, also known as Initiative 44, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was approved. The measure limits property tax levies to twenty mills without a vote of the people.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 44 (1972)
Approveda Yes 930,275 75.54%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An ACT to limit tax levies on real and personal property by the state, and other taxing districts, except port and power districts, to an aggregate of twenty (20) mills on assessed valuation (50% of true and fair value), without a vote of the people; allowing the legislature to allocate or reallocate up to twenty (20) mills among the various taxing districts.[2]

Path to the ballot

Sponsor Lester P. Jenkins of the 40-Mill Tax Limit Committee filed 229,785 signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, the measure was placed on the ballot as provided by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1972 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 23, 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 Legislature," accessed August 26, 2013