Washington Retirees Property Tax Exemption, HJR 7 (1966)

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State of Washington Constitutional Amendment 47 was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment to the Washington State Constitution. It was on the November 8, 1966 ballot in the State of Washington, where it was approved.

Amendment 47 added a new Section 10 to Article VII of the Washington State Constitution.

It was the 47th amendment approved to the Washington State Constitution subsequent to its adoption in 1889.

Election results

Amendment 47
Approveda Yes 661,497 75.86%

Ballot question

Shall Article VII of the state constitution be amended to authorize the legislature to grant relief from property taxes on real property owned and occupied as a residence by retired persons, subject to such restrictions and conditions as the legislature may establish, including but not limited to level of income and length of residence?

Text of Amendment 47

Notwithstanding the provisions of Article 7, section 1 (Amendment 14) and Article 7, section 2 (Amendment 17), the following tax exemption shall be allowed as to real property: The legislature shall have the power, by appropriate legislation, to grant to retired property owners relief from the property tax on the real property occupied as a residence by those owners. The legislature may place such restrictions and conditions upon the granting of such relief as it shall deem proper. Such restrictions and conditions may include, but are not limited to, the limiting of the relief to those property owners below a specific level of income and those fulfilling certain minimum residential requirements.

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