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]

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?[3]

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