Ohio Tax Limitation, Amendment 3 (1922)

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The Ohio Tax Limitation Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was on the November 7, 1922 ballot in Ohio as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.[1]

This amendment sought to modify Article XII, Section 2, of the Ohio Constitution to impose limitations on taxation.[1][2]

Election results

Ohio Amendment 3 (1922)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No720,23760.22%
Yes 475,740 39.78%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

ARTICLE XII,

SECTION 2
This amendment of Article XII, Section 2, leaves the present constitution in force with respect to the following:
(1) All property taxed according to its value shall be assessed at its true value in money.
(2) The power to exempt certain property absolutely is not changed.
It introduces the following new propositions:
(1) No aggregate tax rate in excess of fifteen mills on the dollar can be levied without a vote of the people.
(2) No rate in excess of one mill can be levied for state purposes.
(3) Additional taxes must be authorized as to specific amounts, periods and purposes at a regular November election by two-thirds of those voting on the proposition, unless a majority of those voting at the election approve.
(4) The limited levies are to be distributed by local boards. If composed of persons holding other offices, these must contain representatives of the county government, the municipal governments and the schools.
(5) The legislature is authorized to substitute other methods of taxation of property for the taxation thereof according to its value; but no property can be relieved of taxation according to value without such substitution.
The legislature is authorized by this amendment to tax property according to its true value by a uniform rule, but is not required to make the rule uniform.
The amendment carries a schedule designed to put it into effect gradually without impairing the obligations of contracts or the effect of previous votes of the electors, and so as to afford time for new legislation.[2][3]

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