North Dakota Property Tax Reform Initiative (2014)

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The North Dakota Property Tax Reform Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in North Dakota as an initiated state statute. The measure would have enacted four major changes. First, the measure would have changed all references of “mills” to “dollars per thousand dollars of taxable valuation.” Second, the initiative would have required baseline budgeting for all political subdivisions and approval from voters on all budget increases. Third, the amendment would have created a property tax credit fund to pay political subdivisions against a reduction in property values. Fourth, the initiative would have consolidated tax levies.[1]

The N.D. Farm Bureau’s board voted in late January to end their ballot measure campaign because they realized that, by North Dakota law, a ballot initiative cannot force legislators to appropriate money.[2]

Support

North Dakota Farm Bureau led the campaign in support of the measure.[3]

Media editorial positions

Opposition

  • The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead said, "Well, there they go again. Two separate efforts are underway. One would eliminate the property tax. (Sound familiar?) The other would force local governments into state-mandated budget schedules that could destroy the flexibility that local governments need to adjust spending to changing needs, Both proposed measures are just short of ridiculous."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in North Dakota

The measure needed to be submitted to, reviewed and approved by the North Dakota Secretary of State. Following, supporters needed to circulate measure petitions. Eric Aasmundstad, a lobbyist for the North Dakota Farm Bureau, stated that they expected to start collecting signatures by the end of January 2014.[5]

The initiative's supporters needed to collect a minimum of 13,452 valid signatures by August 6, 2014.

The campaign was called off in late January 2014.[2]

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