Washington Property Tax Limitation, Initiative 747 (2001)

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Washington Initiative Measure 747, also known as the Limiting Property Tax Increases Act, was on the November 6, 2001 election ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved.

Election results

Washington Initiative Measure 747
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 826,258 57.6%
No609,26642.4%

In 2007, I-747 was declared unconstitutional by a Washington State court.

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

The measure would change all of the limitation factors on property tax levy increases to 101%. For taxing districts with populations less than 10,000, the new limitation factor would be 101% of the highest of the three previous annual levies. For the state, the new limitation factor would be the lower of 101% or the previous year's inflation rate. For other taxing districts, the limitation factor would be the lower of these two numbers, but if the inflation rate is less than 1%, the district could increase its levy to the 101% level using the same special procedure and declaration of special need as in existing law.

A taxing district could levy higher amounts with approval of the voters at a general election held in the district or at a special election called for that purpose. The election must be held less than twelve months before the date on which the proposed levy will be made. A majority of those voting would be required for approval.

Path to the ballot

  • The language was filed on January 8, 2001 by Tim Eyman of Mukilteo, Leo Fagan of Spokane, Ray Benham of Kennewick, and M. J. Fagan of Spokane.
  • 290,704 signatures were filed and found sufficient.

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