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Ohio Classification of Property, Amendment 3 (1919)

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The Ohio Classification of Property Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was on the November 4, 1919 ballot in Ohio as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. This amendment sought to modify Article XII of the Ohio Constitution to establish classification of property for tax purposes.[1]

Election results

Ohio Amendment 3 (1919)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No517,24554.04%
Yes 439,987 45.96%

Election results via: Ohio Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION

(By General Assembly)
ARTICLE XII,
SECTION 2
(Classification of Property for Purposes of Taxation.)
Section 2. All property shall be taxed by such rules and methods and in such classes as may be provided by law. The rules and methods shall be uniform within the classes so established. But all bonds outstanding on the first day of January, 1913, of the State of Ohio or of any city, village, county, or township in this state, of which have been issued in behalf of the public schools in Ohio and the means of instruction in connection therewith shall be exempt from taxation; and burying grounds, public school houses, houses used exclusively for public worship, institutions used exclusively for charitable purposes, public property used exclusively for any public purpose, and person property, to an amount not exceeding in value five hundred dollars, for each individual, may, by general laws, be exempted from taxation; and laws may be passed to provide against the double taxation that results from the taxing of both the real estate and the mortgage or the debt secured thereby, or other lien upon it; but all such laws shall be subject to alternation or repeal and the value of all property so exempted shall, from time to time, be ascertained and published as may be directed by law.[2][3]

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