North Dakota Property Transfer Tax Ban Amendment, Measure 2 (2014)

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Measure 2
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:North Dakota Constitution
Referred by:North Dakota Legislature
Topic:Taxes
Status:On the ballot
2014 measures
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June 10
Measure 1Approveda
November 4
Measure 1
Measure 2
Measure 3
Measure 4
Measure 5
Measure 6
Measure 7
Measure 8
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The North Dakota Property Transfer Tax Ban Amendment, Measure 2 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of North Dakota as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would prohibit the state and any political subdivision from imposing mortgage, sales or transfer taxes on the mortgage or transfer of real property.[1]

The amendment was introduced into the North Dakota Legislature as House Concurrent Resolution 3006.[1]

Text of the measure

Ballot title

The official ballot text is as follows:[2]

Constitutional Measure No. 2
(House Concurrent Resolution No. 3006, 2013 Session Laws, Ch. 520)

This constitutional measure would create and enact a new section to Article X of the North Dakota Constitution stating, “The state and any county, township, city, or any other political subdivision of the state may not impose any mortgage taxes or any sales or transfer taxes on the mortgage or transfer of real property.”

YES - means you approve the measure stated above.

NO - means you reject the measure stated above.[3]

Constitutional changes

Measure 2 adds a new section to Article X of the Constitution of North Dakota:[1]

The state and any county, township, city, or any political subdivision of the state may not impose any mortgage taxes or any sales or transfer taxes on the mortgage or transfer of real property.[3]


Background

As of September 2014, 36 states, including bordering Minnesota and South Dakota, impose transfer taxes. The other 14 do not, and 5 states, such as Montana and Wyoming, have banned the transfer tax in their state constitutions.[4]

Support

Supporters

Officials

The following legislators sponsored the amendment in the North Dakota Legislature:[1]

Organizations

  • North Dakota Association of Realtors[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the North Dakota Constitution

According to Section 16 of Article IV of the North Dakota Constitution, the legislature had to approve the bill by a simple majority in order to place the measure on the ballot. HCR 3006 was passed by the North Dakota Senate on April 10, 2013. HCR 3006 was passed by the North Dakota House on April 22, 2013.[6]

Senate vote

April 10, 2013 Senate vote

North Dakota HCR 3006 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 31 65.96%
No1634.04%

House vote

April 22, 2013 House vote

North Dakota HCR 3006 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 89 98.89%
No11.11%

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