Washington Combined City-County Charters, HJR 21 (1972)

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The Washington Combined City-County Charters Amendment, also known as House Joint Resolution 21, was on the November 7, 1972 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved. The measure permitted the people of any county to create a combined "city-county" government by majority vote.[1] The measure amended Section 16 of Article XI of the Washington State Constitution.[2]

Election results

Washington HJR 21 (1972)
Approveda Yes 603,471 50.20%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

See also: Washington State Constitution, Section 2 of Article VII

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

Shall the state constitution be amended to permit the people in any country by majority vote to create a combined "city-county" government through the adoption of a home rule charter under which other municipal corporations having such powers and duties as are prescribed in the charter could also be retained or established, if desired, and to set separate constitutional debt limitations for the "city-county" as thus created and for any new or retained municipal corporations?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1972 Voters Pamphlet", accessed August 23, 2013
  2. Washington State Legislature, "Washington State Constitution", accessed August 26, 2013
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.