Maine Waterfront Land Value at Current Use for Commercial Fishing, Question 7 (2005)

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The Maine Waterfront Land Value at Current Use for Commercial Fishing Referendum, also known as Question , was on the November 8, 2005 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure permitted the state legislature to allow the current use valuation of waterfront land used for or that supports commercial fishing. At the time of this measures passage, this method was already allowed for farmlands, woodlands, game management areas and wildlife sanctuaries, and open space lands used for recreation or the enjoyment of scenic natural beauty. This amended Section 8 of Article IX of the Maine Constitution.[1][2]

Election results

Maine Question 7 (2005)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 276,116 71.60%
No109,50828.40%

Election results via: Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division: Referendum Election Tabulations, November 8, 2005

Text of measure

See also: Maine Constitution, Article IX, Section 8

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Question 7: Constitutional Amendment

Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to permit the Legislature to authorize waterfront land used for commercial fishing activities to be assessed based on the land’s current use in a manner similar to treatment now available for farms, open space and forestland? [3]

Summary

The following description of the intent and content of this ballot measure was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:

This proposed constitutional amendment would authorize the Legislature to provide for the property tax assessment of waterfront land that is used for or supports commercial fishing activities based upon the value of its current use. Maine’s Constitution already authorizes this alternative method of property tax assessment for farmlands, woodlands, game management areas and wildlife sanctuaries, and open space lands used for recreation or the enjoyment of scenic natural beauty. In exercising this authority, the Legislature would have to provide for a minimum penalty, in the event of a change of use of the waterfront land, equal to the additional property taxes that the owner would have paid over the preceding five years if the property had been assessed based on its highest and best use.

A “YES” vote approves the constitutional amendment.
A “NO” vote disapproves the constitutional amendment.

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Maine Secretary of State, [1]

Constitutional changes

The full text of the constitutional changes made by this measure can be read here.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Maine state constitution

Two-thirds of each branch of the state legislature concurred on the proposed constitutional amendment, known as Chapter 1 of the Constitutional Resolutions of 2005. This qualified it for a popular vote.[1]

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