Montana Voter Approval for Tax Increases, CI-75 (1998)

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The Montana Voter Approval for Tax Increases Amendment, also known as CI-75, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Montana as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure required an election and voter approval of any new or increased tax imposed by state and local governments, school districts and other taxing districts.[1][2]

Aftermath

The Montana Supreme Court ruled on Feb. 23, 1999 that CI-75 failed because of material constitutional defects.[1]

Election results

Montana CI-75 (1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 167,321 51.20%
No159,49948.80%

Election results via: Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[3]

This initiative would amend the Montana Constitution to require an election and voter approval of any new or increased tax imposed by state and local governments, school districts and other taxing districts. Each governmental unit could hold only one tax election per year. As an emergency measure, a bill passed by ¾ of each house of the legislature could enact a state or local tax without voter approval, but it would be in effect for only a limited time. Any elector could sue to enforce this amendment, and public officials and employees could be held civilly liable for violations. The exact fiscal impact of this proposed constitutional amendment is unknown; however, it will limit increases in government revenue and spending if voters do not approve new taxes and tax increases. There would also be a fiscal impact if special elections are held for tax measures.

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