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Washington 40-Mill Property Tax Limit, Initiative 129 (1938)

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The Washington 40-Mill Property Tax Limit Initiative, also known as Initiative 129, was on the November 8, 1938 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure limited the aggregate annual tax levy on real and personal property to 40 mills and limited the levy by the state to 2 mills.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 129 (1938)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 340,296 69.47%
No149,53430.53%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

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

An act limiting to 40 mills the aggregate annual levy on real and personal property for all purposes; limiting the levy by the state to 2 millls, provided that the legislature may omit this levy, in which case it may increase the permitted levy by cities or towns; limiting the levy by counties, cities and towns, school districts and road districts to certain designated maximums; exempting port districts and power districts from its operation and providing that additional levies may be made by election.

Path to the ballot

Initiative 129 was filed on March 18, 1938. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[2]

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