Oregon Motor Vehicle Tax Voter Approval Initiative (2012)
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Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote requires voter approval of taxes and fees on motor vehicle use, ownership, and fuel enacted on or after January 1, 2009; some exceptions.
Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains constitutional provision in current form, which does not require voters to approve taxes or fees on motor vehicle use, ownership, or fuel.
Summary: Amends Constitution. Currently, the Constitution does not require voters to approve taxes on motor vehicle, use, ownership or fuel. The Oregon Constitution allocates those taxes to highway funds; the current provision does not apply to "fees." Measure requires voter approval at an election of the "levying government" (undefined) of motor vehicle use, ownership, and fuel taxes and fees enacted on or after January 1, 2009. Applies retroactively to taxes and fees that were enacted on or after January 1, 2009. For taxes and fees enacted by a political subdivision of the state, measure takes effect on January 1, 2013; requires voter approval at an election of that subdivision. Effective January 1, 2013, allows exception for legislatively enacted statewide increases that meet specified criteria. Other provisions.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Oregon signature requirements
In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 116,283 valid signatures by July 6, 2012.