Florida Gas Tax, Amendment 1 (1948)

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The Florida Gas Tax Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the ballot in Florida that was defeated in the general election on November 2, 1048.

The amendment sought to modify Article IX of the Florida Constitution to provide that all excise taxes upon gasoline or other motor fuel products be used for public highway, street and airport purposes.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 1 (1948)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No211,24874.27%
Yes 73,184 25.73%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1947-1948)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

NO. 1

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE IX, SECTION 17

A proposed amendment to Article IX by adding a section 17 thereto, providing that after July 1, 1949, all excise taxes collected upon gasoline and other fuels for propelling motor vehicles and aircraft be used exclusively for road, street, bridge and airport purposes and indebtedness; that all such taxes, except those collected on aviation fuel, no less than four cents tax per gallon shall be used by the state road department for state road purposes and once cent or more tax per gallon shall be imposed by the legislature and the proceeds distributed to the counties for use in the same manner as provided in Section 16, Article IX, of the Constitution, but with no limitation as to duration of such tax and provided eighty per cent surplus funds shall be expended in the county by the state road department for state roads as directed by the board of county commissioners thereof, and providing further that the taxes collected on aviation fuel shall be used exclusively for airports and access thereto.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 17. All excise taxes now or hereafter imposed upon gasoline or other like products of petroleum or upon all combustible gases and liquids used in internal combustible engines for the generation of power to propel vehicles and aircraft, which are collected and retained shall be used exclusively for the lease, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, repair, operation and maintenance of roads, streets, bridges and rights of way therefor or for airports, or for the payment of indebtedness and interest thereon incurred for the lease, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, repair, operation and maintenance of roads, streets, bridges and rights of way therefor or for airports. Of all state excise taxes collected and retained upon gasoline or other like products of petroleum, except aviation fuel, not less than four cents tax per gallon on such products shall be used by the State Road Department for state road purposes in the manner provided by law. One cent or more tax per gallon upon gasoline or other like products of petroleum, except aviation fuel, shall hereafter be imposed by the legislature and the proceeds retained distributed among the several counties and used in the same manner as the Second Gas Tax is Distributed among the several counties and used by the State Board of Administration, the State Road Department and the several Boards of County Commissioners as provided in Section 16, Article IX, of this Constitution but with no limitation as to duration of such tax; provided 80% surplus funds shall be expended by the State Road Department for state roads in the county as directed by the Board of County Commissioners thereof. Any taxes that may be imposed upon aviation fuel shall be used exclusively for airports and access thereto in the manner provided by law. Nothing in this Section shall repeal or modify Section 16, Article IX, of this Constitution. This Section shall take effect July 1, 1949.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Amendments made to state constitution November 2, 1948
  2. The Evening Independent, "Study This Ballot--You Vote on It Tuesday," November 1, 1948
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.