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New York Proposal 1, Spending on Sewage Facilities Excluded from Debt Limits (2003)

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New York Proposal 1, also known as Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities, was on the November 4, 2003 election ballot in New York as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Under the New York Constitution, the state's counties, cities, towns, and villages are under a constitutional debt limitation. However, any indebtedness that counties, cities, towns, and villages incur in the course of building or renovating sewage facilities was excluded from that constitutional debt limitation starting on January 1, 1962 and extending through January 1, 2004.

The impact of Proposal 1 was to extend that exemption for another ten years, through January 1, 2014.

Election results

Proposal 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 839,208 52.5%
No758,35947.5%

Constitutional changes

New York Constitution
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Preamble
Articles
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Proposal 1 amended Section 5 of Article VIII of the New York Constitution.

Text of measure

Official text


The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5 of the Constitution would extend for ten years, until January 1, 2014, the authority of counties, cities, towns and villages to exclude from their constitutional debt limits indebtedness contracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Official summary


The purpose of the proposed amendment is to continue the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages to exclude from their constitutional debt limits indebtedness incurred for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities. The State Constitution currently provides that indebtedness contracted on or after January 1, 1962 and before January 1, 2004, for the construction or reconstruction of facilities for the conveyance, treatment, and disposal of sewage shall be excluded from the constitutional debt limits of counties, cities, towns and villages. The effect of the proposed amendment would be to extend for ten years, until January 1, 2014, the period during which sewer debt shall be excluded from the constitutional debt limits of counties, cities, towns and villages.

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