Washington Classification of Property for Taxes, Amendment to Article VII Secs. 1-4 (1930)
The Washington Classification of Property for Taxes Amendment, also known as Amendment to Article VII, was on the November 4, 1930 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure provided that property may be categorized as different types for the purpose of taxation. The measure amended Sections 1-4 of Article VII of the Washington State Constitution.
|Washington Amendment to Article VII (1930)|
Election results via: Washington Secretary of State
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
|“||AN AMENDMENT of Article VII of the state constitution relating to revenue and taxation by striking sections 1, 2, 3, and 4, and inserting in lieu thereof a single section re-enacting certain provisions of the sections stricken; providing that property may be classified for the purpose of taxation; requiring the taxation of intangible property subject to ownership; constituting real property a single class for taxing purposes; authorizing the taxation of mines, mineral resources, and reforested lands by a yield or ad valorem tax or both, and exempting credits secured by property actually taxed in this state.||”|
Legal Scholars Robert Utter and Hugh Spitzer state that this measure was approved in 1930 "at the culmination of a long campaign by the Grange, a farm-based group." Prior to Amendment 14, all real estate in Washington was assessed equally for property tax purposes. The measure allowed the division of property into different classes. One objective was to allow personal property to be taxed at a rate capturing its value, without simultaneously imposing high taxes on other forms of property.
- Washington 1930 ballot measures
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- Washington Classification of Property for Taxes, Amendment to Article VII Secs. 1-4 (1928)
- State of Washington ballot measure election results
- State of Washington 1930 Voters Pamphlet & Local Voters Pamphlet
- Office of the Secretary of State, "1930 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 13, 2013
- Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution," accessed September 13, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Washington State Constitution: A Reference Guide, by Robert F. Utter and Hugh D. Spitzer, 2002, Greenwood Press
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