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Ohio Issue 2, Sales Tax Increase to Fund High-Speed Rail (1982)

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The Ohio Sales Tax Increase to Fund High-Speed Rail Amendment, also known as Issue 2, appeared on the November 2, 1982 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1] This amendment would have instated a 1% sales tax increase to fund the design and construction of high-speed railways.

Election results

Ohio Issue 2 (1982)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No2,420,59377.36%
Yes 708,605 22.64%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment
To adopt Section 14 of Article VIII of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

This proposed amendment would:

  1. Authorize the Ohio Rail Transportation Authority to design, construct, and operate a high-speed intercity transportation system along three specified corridors in the state, and levy an additional 1% sales and use tax to be used for the design and construction of the system;
  2. Require the authority to adopt a plan for the system by June 1, 1984, and allow the authority to provide transportation services from locations anywhere within the state to the high-speed corridors;
  3. Require a vote on the continuation of the addition 1% sales and use taxes two years after the system is completed, but not later than the year 2000;
  4. Prohibit the Authority from borrowing money or creating any debt.
If adopted, this amendment shall take immediate effect.

Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?

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