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Washington Limits on Tax Levies Act, Referendum 5 (1940)

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The Washington Limits on Tax Levies Act, also known as Referendum 5, was on the November 5, 1940 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure limited the aggregate annual rate of levy on real and personal property for state, county, city or town, school district and road district purposes to forty mills and limited the tax levy for public universities to two mills.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 5 (1940)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 390,639 72.28%
No149,84327.72%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

An act relating to taxation; limiting the aggregate annual rate of levy on real and personal property for state, county, city or town, school district and road district purposes to forty mills; limiting the levy for the state to two mills to be used exclusively for the support of the University of Washington, Washington State College and the Normal Schools; limiting the levy by counties, cities and towns, school districts and road districts to certain designated maximums; excepting port or power districts from the operation of the act; and providing that additional levies may be made as therein provided.

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