Wisconsin Forestry Funding and Taxes Amendment, Question 3 (April 1968)

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The Wisconsin Forestry Funding and Taxes Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 2, 1968 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This amendment modified Article VII, Section 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow the legislature to appropriate funds for forestry purposes from sources other than property tax.[1]

Election results

Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 652,705 69.49%
No286,51230.51%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1970

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall article VIII, section 10 of the constitution be amended to permit additional appropriations for statewide forestry purposes when deemed necessary by by the legislature from sources other than a tax on property?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article VIII) Section 10. The state shall never contract any debt for works of internal improvement, or be a party in carrying on such works; but whenever grants of land or other property shall have been made to the state, especially dedicated by the grant to particular works of internal improvement, the state may carry on such particular works and shall devote thereto the avails of such grants, and may pledge or appropriate the revenues derived from such works in aid of their completion. Provided, that the state may appropriate money in the treasury or to be thereafter raised by taxation for the construction or improvement of public highways or the development. improvement and construction of airports or other aeronautical projects or the acquisition, improvement or construction o£ veterans' housing or the improvement of port facilities. Provided, that the state may appropriate moneys for the purpose of acquiring, preserving and developing the forests of the state; but there shall not be of the moneys appropriated under the authority of this section in any one year an amount not to exceed two-tenths of one mill of the taxable property of the state as determined by the last preceding state assessment may be raised by a tax on property.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 28 & JR 43 (1965)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 18 & JR 25 (1967)[2]

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