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Washington Tax Increment Financing Districts, HJR 23 (1985)

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The Washington Tax Increment Financing Districts Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 23, was on the November 5, 1985 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have permitted local governments to finance development projects through the creation of TIF districts and the resulting tax revenues from the increased values of benefited properties in these districts. The measure would have added a new section to Article VII of the Washington Constitution.[1]

Election results

Washington HJR 23 (1985)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No476,60058.58%
Yes 337,015 41.42%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall counties and cities be permitted to finance public improvements through tax revenues resulting from increased values of benefited properties?[2]

Path to the ballot

Two similar measures were on the ballot previously, HJR 22 in 1973 and SJR 143 in 1982, but both were defeated. In 1982, the Community Redevelopment Financing Act, which allowed a portion of property taxes to assist in the financing of public facilities, was adopted by the Legislature.[3] House Joint Resolution 23 was to authorize the financing methods described in the Act after SJR 143 was defeated in 1982. The proposed constitutional amendment was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[4]

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