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Measure Details

Amends Constitution: Prohibits Real Estate Transfer Taxes, Fees, Other Assessments, Except those Operative on December 31, 2009

Oregon Ballot Measure - Measure 79

Election: Nov. 6, 2012 (General)
Outcome: Passed

Budget, Spending and Taxes
Government Operations
Housing and Property


Argument For


Argument Against


Ballot Measure 79 amends the Oregon Constitution to prohibit governments from imposing new real estate transfer taxes. This includes either a tax, fee or other assessment imposed on the sale or transfer of real property or a tax based on the value of the real estate.

Current state law prohibits local governments from imposing a new tax or fee on real estate transfers, but does allow the Legislature to impose a tax with a three-fifths vote. The Legislature also currently has the authority to remove the prohibition with a simple majority vote. This measure would eliminate that authority.

This ballot measure does not apply to a tax, fee or other assessment that was in effect and operative on December 31, 2009. There are several statewide and local fees that would remain in effect, as well as a real estate transfer tax in Washington County.

Measure Text

Amends Constitution: Prohibits real estate transfer taxes, fees, other assessments, except those operative on December 31, 2009.

Result of "Yes" vote: "Yes" vote prohibits state/local governments from imposing taxes, fees, assessments on transfer of any interest in real property, except those operative December 31, 2009.

Result of "No" vote: "No" vote retains existing law prohibiting local governments from imposing real estate transfer taxes/fees (with exceptions), allowing state legislature to impose such taxes/fees.

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