Washington Outdoor Recreation Bonds, Referendum 18 (1968)

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The Washington Outdoor Recreation Bonds Bill, also known as Referendum 18, was on the November 5, 1968 ballot in Washington as an legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure authorized $40 million in bonds for the acquisition and development of outdoor recration areas and facilities.[1]


By 1970 not all of the authorized bonds were sold, despite the January 1, 1971 deadline. As a result, the legislature put Referendum 21 on the ballot to remove the deadline from the statute. That measure was approved.

Election results

Washington Referendum 18 (1968)
Approveda Yes 763,806 68.29%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An ACT authorizing the issuance and sale of state general obligation bonds in an amount not exceeding $40,000,000 to finance the acquisition and development of outdoor recration areas and facilities. The act directs the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recration to allocate half of the money so raised to state agencies for such acquisition and development as the legislature may direct and the other half to local public bodies for acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities within their jurisdictions. Payment of the bonds will come from unpledged retail sales tax revenues or other means authorized by the legislature.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1968 Voters Pamphlet," accessed August 27, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.