Wisconsin Forestry Tax Amendment, Question 1 (April 1964)

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The Wisconsin Forestry Tax Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 7, 1964 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

This amendment sought to modify Article VIII, Section 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for an increase in property tax to further fund forestry projects.[1]

Election results

Question 1
Defeatedd No536,72454.90%
Yes 440,978 45.10%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1966

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 10 of article VIII of the constitution be amended to increase the allowable state tax for forestry purposes from two-tenths to one-fourth of one mill of the taxable property of the state?"[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 of 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 appropriated under the authority of this section in any one year an amount to exceed two-tenths one-fourth of one mill of the taxable property of the state as determined by the last preceding state assessment.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: AJR 133 & JR 90 (1961)
  • Second Legislative Approval: AJR 73 & JR 32 (1963)[2]

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