ND local govts worry about property tax abolition

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Representatives of North Dakota's cities, counties and schools say they have a number of questions and concerns about a proposal to abolish property taxes.

A constitutional amendment to get rid of property taxes will be up for a vote in North Dakota's June 2012 primary election. If it is approved, the North Dakota Legislature will have the job of providing replacement money for local governments.

North Dakota's Tax Department says local governments levied about $734 million in property taxes last year.

Mandan school board member Kirsten Baesler is a director of the North Dakota School Boards Association. She says the measure doesn't provide a way for schools to raise money for building and renovation needs.

Baesler spoke Wednesday at a legislative hearing on the proposal.