Oregon Motor Vehicle Tax Purposes Measure 32 (2004)

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Oregon Ballot Measure 32 (2004) also known as Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 14 was on the November 2, 2004 ballot in Oregon as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.[1]

Measure 32 dealt with a nuance in Oregon's constitutional requirement that taxes raised from motor vehicle use be used only for highway construction and maintenance. Prior to Measure 32, the Oregon Constitution listed "mobile homes" as one of the types of vehicles subject to this section of the Constitution. Measure 32 deleted "mobile homes" from this list.[2]

Election results

Measure 32
Approveda Yes 1,048,090 61.3%
Election results from Oregon Blue Book website, accessed December 16, 2013

Text of measure

Ballot title

The official ballot title of Measure 32 was:

Deletes Reference To Mobile Homes From Provision Dealing With Taxes And Fees On Motor Vehicles[3]

RESULT OF "YES" VOTE: "Yes" vote allows taxes and fees on mobile homes to be used for nonhighway purposes.

RESULT OF "NO" VOTE: "No" vote retains restriction on use of taxes and fees on mobile homes.[4]


The official ballot summary of Measure 32 was: {{This measure authorizes expenditure of taxes and fees on mobile homes for nonhighway purposes. Under current law, taxes and fees on mobile homes are required to be spent for highway or administrative purposes, but may also be used for park purposes.[5]

Full text

The full text of the constitutional changes enacted by Measure 32 was:

NOTE: Boldfaced type indicates new language; [brackets and italic] type indicates deletions or comments.

Be It Resolved by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon:

PARAGRAPH 1. Section 3a, Article IX of the Constitution of the State of Oregon, is amended to read:

Sec. 3a. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, revenue from the following shall be used exclusively for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, repair, maintenance, operation and use of public highways, roads, streets and roadside rest areas in this state:

(a) Any tax levied on, with respect to, or measured by the storage, withdrawal, use, sale, distribution, importation or receipt of motor vehicle fuel or any other product used for the propulsion of motor vehicles; and

(b) Any tax or excise levied on the ownership, operation or use of motor vehicles.

(2) Revenues described in subsection (1) of this section:

(a) May also be used for the cost of administration and any refunds or credits authorized by law.

(b) May also be used for the retirement of bonds for which such revenues have been pledged.

(c) If from levies under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section on campers, [mobile homes,] motor homes, travel trailers, snowmobiles, or like vehicles, may also be used for the acquisition, development, maintenance or care of parks or recreation areas.

(d) If from levies under paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of this section on vehicles used or held out for use for commercial purposes, may also be used for enforcement of commercial vehicle weight, size, load, conformation and equipment regulation.

(3) Revenues described in subsection (1) of this section that are generated by taxes or excises imposed by the state shall be generated in a manner that ensures that the share of revenues paid for the use of light vehicles, including cars, and the share of revenues paid for the use of heavy vehicles, including trucks, is fair and proportionate to the costs incurred for the highway system because of each class of vehicle. The Legislative Assembly shall provide for a biennial review and, if necessary, adjustment, of revenue sources to ensure fairness and proportionality.

PARAGRAPH 2. The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next regular general election held throughout this state.[5][4]

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