Measure 32

Explanatory Statement

Ballot Measure 32 (Senate Joint Resolution 14) proposes an amendment to section 3a, Article IX of the Oregon Constitution. Section 3a, Article IX, specifies how revenues from taxes and fees on motor vehicles may be used. Under the current version of the section, fees on mobile homes are treated the same way as fees on campers, motor homes, travel trailers, snowmobiles and like vehicles. Revenues from the fees may be used only for highways and parks or recreation areas and for administrative expenses for highways and parks or recreation areas.

Ballot Measure 32 was referred to voters by the 2003 Legislature. It proposes to delete the term "mobile homes" from section 3a, Article IX of the Constitution. The Legislature has approved legislation directing that these fees be used for building code related services, as well as recording and transferring ownership documents for these homes, and assisting counties in gathering tax related information on mobile homes. The effect of Ballot Measure 32 would be to allow fees imposed on mobile homes to be used for these purposes.

The 2003 Legislature transferred authority to regulate mobile homes from the Driver and Motor Vehicles Services Division (DMV) to the Oregon Building Codes Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS). Mobile homes will no longer be titled as vehicles in Oregon.

Ballot Measure 32 has no effect on owners of mobile homes continuing to pay highway use taxes and fees when moving the homes on the highways.

Committee Member / Appointed by
Senator Rick Metsger / President of the Senate
Representative Alan Brown / Speaker of the House
Milton D. Aleshire / Secretary of State
David Mandell / Secretary of State
Don Miner / Members of the Committee

(This committee was appointed to provide an impartial explanation of the ballot measure pursuant to ORS 251.215.)