Washington Surplus Municipal Energy, Referendum 3 (1924)

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The Washington Surplus Municipal Energy Bill, also known as Referendum 3, was on the November 4, 1924 ballot in Washington as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have authorized municipalities to sell surplus electricity, generated by municipal energy facilities, inside and outside their geographical limits.[1]

Election results

Washington Referendum 3 (1924)
Defeatedd No208,80967.74%
Yes 99,459 33.26%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

An Act authorizing the sale and disposal of surplus electric energy by cities and towns outside their corporate limits; authorizing the construction, betterment or extension of electric plants and the acquisition and maintenance of transmission lines, distribution system and equipment necessary therefore; providing the manner and form in which accounts and reports of such sales shall be kept and made, and for the payment monthly to the State Treasurer for state purposes of a tax of five per cent of the gross receipts of such sales, and providing penalties.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1924 Voters Pamphlet", accessed September 16, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.