Oregon Bars New or Increased Taxes without Voter Approval, Ballot Measure 5 (1994)
The measure failed in the November 2000 general election with 44.7% of the vote.
Bill Sizemore was the initiative's primary supporter and instigator.
- Bars New or Increased Taxes without Voter Approval
Text of measure
The description of the amendment that appeared on that ballot said, "Amends Oregon Constitution. Bars new or increased state, local taxes without prior voter approval. Tax increase includes extending an expiring tax, reducing or eliminating exemptions, credits, deductions, exclusions. "Tax" includes all fees, charges, except fines, forfeitures, tuition, utility and port district user fees, "local improvements," "incurred charges," earnings from investments or asset sales, two other exceptions. Permits two tax elections annually. Automatic annual six percent tax base increases still allowed without vote. Legislature may override by three-fourths vote in emergency. Enforceable by private lawsuit.
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