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Washington Personal Property Tax Exemption, HJR 4222 (1988)

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The Washington Personal Property Tax Exemption, also known as House Joint Resolution 4222, was on the November 8, 1988 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure increased the value of personal property exempted from taxation.[1] It amended Section 1 of Article VII of the Washington Constitution.[2]


Section 1 of Article VIII was altered again in 2006 with the enactment of Washington Property Tax Exemption, HJR 4223 (2006). The measure increased the value of personal property exempted from taxation from $3,000 to $15,000.

Election results

Washington HJR 4222 (1988)
Approveda Yes 1,248,183 78.65%

Election results via:Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 1 of Article VII

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Shall the legislature's authority to exempt from tax $300 of a family head's personal property value be increased to $3,000?[3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Article VII, section 1. The power of taxation shall never be suspended, surrendered or contracted away. All taxes shall be uniform upon the same class of property within the territorial limits of the authority levying the tax and shall be levied and collected for public purposes only. The word "property" as used herein shall mean and include everything, whether tangible or intangible, subject to ownership. All real estate shall constitute one class: Provided, That the legislature may tax mines and mineral resources and lands devoted to reforestation by either a yield tax or an ad valorem tax at such rate as it may fix, or by both. Such property as the legislature may by general laws provide shall be exempt from taxation. Property of the United States and of the state, counties, school districts and other municipal corporations, and credits secured by property actually taxed in this state, not exceeding in value the value of such property, shall be exempt from taxation. The legislature shall have power, by appropriate legislation, to exempt personal property to the amount of three thousand ($3,000.00) dollars for each head of a family liable to assessment and taxation under the provisions of the laws of this state of which the individual is the actual bona fide owner.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Office of the Secretary of State, "1988 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 16, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed August 15, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.