Wisconsin Municipal Debt Limit Exclusion Amendment, Question 1 (April 1975)

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The Wisconsin Municipal Debt Limit Exclusion Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the April 1, 1975 ballot in Wisconsin, where it was defeated.

  • This amendment sought to modify Article XI, Section 3 of the Wisconsin Constitution to allow for certain debt to be excluded from municipal debt limits.[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No337,92552.12%
Yes 310,434 47.88%

Official results via: The Wisconsin Blue Book 1975

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

"Shall section 3 of article XI of the constitution be amended to exclude from the debt limit of a town, village, city, county, or special district debt secured solely by the property or income of a public project which produces regular income from normal operations where no general obligation is created, and to extend to counties the present nondebt incurring exclusion afforded to towns, villages, cities, or special districts for municipally-owned public utility mortgage or revenue financing?"[1]

Constitutional changes

(Article XI) Section 3. ...An indebtedness created by a town, village, city or special district for the purpose of purchasing, acquiring, leasing, constructing, extending, adding to, improving, equipping, conducting, controlling, operating or managing a public utility of a town, village, city or special district, or public project, the latter of which produces regular income from its normal operations, and secured solely by the property or income of such public utility or public project, and whereby no municipal liability general obligation is created, shall not be considered an indebtedness of such town, village, city, or special district, and shall not be included in arriving at such debt limitation within the meaning of the limitation on indebtedness herein imposed, except that this exception shall not apply to a county-owned gas or electric power utility or project[1]

note: the above text is only the affected portion of Article XI, Section 3.

Path to the ballot

  • First Legislative Approval: SJR 44 & JR 32 (1971)
  • Second Legislative Approval: SJR 55 & JR 133 (1973)[2]

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