Washington Property Tax Levy, HJR 4220 (2002)

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Washington HJR 4220, also known as Property Tax Levy Propositions, was on the November 7, 2002 election ballot in Washington. It passed, with 68.1% of voters in favor, becoming the 95th amendment to the Washington State Constitution.

Election results

HJR 4220
Approveda Yes 1,173,499 70.2%

Text of the proposal

The language that appeared on the ballot said:

Official Ballot Title:

The Legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on fire protection property tax levies. This amendment would permit property tax levy propositions for fire protection districts to be submitted to voters for periods up to four years, or six years for fire facility construction, rather than annually.

The constitutional provision as it presently exists:

When the state or a local government is authorized to submit a special property tax levy for voter approval, the state constitution (article VII, section 2) generally requires these levies to be submitted to the voters not more than twelve months prior to the date of the proposed levy. This requirement means that, for most taxing districts, a new levy proposition must be submitted to the voters each year. The current language of the constitution has an exception allowing levy propositions of up to four years for support of the common schools. A levy proposition for the construction, modernization, or remodeling of school facilities may be submitted for up to a six-year period.

The effect of the proposed amendment, if it is approved:

The proposed amendment would add additional language to article VII, section 2 of the state constitution. The amendment would permit fire protection district levy propositions, like school levies, to be submitted for up to four-year periods. Levies for the construction, modernization, or remodeling of fire facilities would be eligible, as school construction levies currently are, for propositions covering up to six-year periods.

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