Oklahoma State Question 683, Property Tax Exemption for Pollution Control (1998)

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Oklahoma State Question 683 was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Oklahoma as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was defeated.

It failed with 381,095 voters supporting the initiative, and 407,033 voters in opposition.

Ballot question

The official summary of the ballot question said:

"This measure would add a new section to the constitution to provide for an exemption for all personal property used for control of pollution from ad valorem taxation. The measure takes effect January 1, 1999. Its passage will also make effective a companion bill to this measure, HB 3278, that is required in order for the constitutional amendment to be implemented. HB 3278 establishes a formula for determining the exemption that will be allowed and defines the types of property that will be eligible for exemption. Residential and recreational property will not qualify for the exemption, nor will motor vehicles or any property used, constructed, acquired or installed before January 1, 1999. The exemption will be applied to qualifying property designed wholly or in part to exceed Oklahoma Environmental Quality Board or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules."

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