Wisconsin Municipal Public Utility Debt Amendment, Question 3 (1924)

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The Wisconsin Municipal Public Utility Debt Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 7, 1922 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to credit Article XI, Section 3b of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for municipalities to take on debt to fund public utilities.[1]

Election results

Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No219,69367.59%
Yes 105,346 32.41%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1923

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall amendment creating section 3b of article XI of the constitution (Jt. Res. No. 37, 1921) relating to indebtedness of municipal corporations be adopted?"[2]

Constitutional changes

Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That there be added to article XI of the constitution a new section to read: (Article XI) Section 3b. Any city, in addition to the indebtedness of five per centum authorized by section 3 of this article, may incur an indebtedness not exceeding another five per centum on the value of the taxable property in such city for the purpose of acquiring or constructing street railway properties, or properties for the production, transmission, delivery or furnishing of light, heat, water or power to the public.[3]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 21 & JR 54 (1919)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 16 & JR 37 (1921)
  • Submission to the People: Ch.566 (1921)[1]

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