STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Early indicator: Property taxes headed up
By Don Davis
A preliminary report shows local governments plan to increase property taxes next year.
Tuesdays Minnesota Revenue Department report indicates cities expect to raise taxes 2.1 percent, co... Posted on 11/13/13 at 9:41 AM
THE WEST WING Weekly Memo 3-8-2013
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Red River State Recreational Area
Senator Stumpf and Repre... Posted on 3/8/13 at 1:55 PM
Gov. Jack Dalrymple is forming a task force to study permanent property tax reform in North Dakota. Dalrymple will announce the details of the task force, including its makeup and goals, during a press conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Capitol, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
A few weeks ago, I became aware of the fact the Grand Forks School Board was going to increase its mill levy by 22 mills. I was astounded the board would look at taking back 44 percent of the decrease, especially since the people of North Dakota had spoken so clearly about reducing the property tax.
A growing student enrollment and a faulty detail in a state aid distribution formula are the driving force behind a proposed 28.6 percent increase to Grand Forks Public Schools’ property tax rate, according to district officials.
While the Grand Forks School Board mulls a proposed property tax increase, other schools districts in North Dakota are crunching the numbers and determining whether or not they should be taking similar action.
The tax North Dakota homeowners love to loathe is about to get another whack. North Dakota voters spurned a chance last week to abolish the property tax in the primary, but the state Capitol is brimming with ideas to provide more tax relief and better fairness.
A constitutional measure that would have made North Dakota the first state in the nation to abolish property taxes went down in flames Tuesday, with about 77 percent of the more than 172,000 primary voters soundly saying “No” to Measure 2. But Sen. Dwight Cook, R-Mandan, said the Legislature has worked to reform property taxes for years, an effort that will continue — and lawmakers already have several plans that could lower tax bills — despite what happened in voting booths across the state.
North Dakota’s property tax revolt fizzled at the polls in primary election returns Tuesday night. Measure 2, which sought to eliminate property taxes, was defeated with 76.55 percent rejecting the proposal and 23.45 percent favoring, as of Wednesday morning. Those results are with all 426 of the state's precincts reporting.
Measure 2, which would eliminate the North Dakota property tax if approved, could be called the $1.6 billion question. That’s the amount of money in a two-year budget that state legislators would have to replace to help fund public schools, cities, counties, townships – in all, 2,100 units of local governments.
I think it is very telling that, to the best of my knowledge, there is only one member of the Legislature out of 141 who publicly supports Measure 2. Legislators certainly don’t know everything, but their lack of support speaks volumes about this far-reaching proposal.
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