Montana Vehicle Tax Revision, LR-115 (2000)

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The Montana Vehicle Tax Revision Referendum, also known as LR-115, was on the November 7, 2000 ballot in Montana as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure repealed the sales tax on new motor vehicles and replaced the existing light vehicle tax system with a registration fee based on the vehicle's age.[1][2]

Election results

Montana LR-115 (2000)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 228,737 57.60%
No168,39642.40%

Election results via: Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[3]

The Legislature submitted this proposal for a vote. It would repeal the state sales tax on new motor vehicles and replace the current light vehicle tax system with a registration fee based on the vehicle's age. In addition to other statutory fees, such as junk vehicle fees, etc., the annual fees would be:
Light vehicle age
$195 4 years old or less
$65 5 to 10 years old
$6 11 years old or older
Upon payment of specified fees, light vehicles could be registered for a 24-month period and some vehicles 11 years old or older could be permanently registered.
It is estimated that the replacement of the vehicle tax with a flat fee will generate approximately the same amount of total revenue. However, the elimination of the new car sales tax will result in approximately $5.5 million less revenue to the state.

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