Petition signatures submitted for North Dakota property tax initiative

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March 28, 2011

BISMARCK, North Dakota: Petition signatures are filed. Supporters of proposal to eliminate North Dakota's property taxes filed an estimated 27,800 petition signatures days before the March 29 deadline. The proposed measure prevents both state and local governments from levying any property taxes.[1]

The petitions were submitted following Secretary of State Al Jaeger's announcement that the new signature threshold applied to currently pending initiatives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the state of North Dakota had 672,591 residents on April 1, 2010, a 4.7 percent increase from the 2000 count of 642,200 people.[2] To qualify for the ballot, an initiated state statute needs a number of signatures equal to 2% (13,452) of North Dakota's population. A initiated constitutional amendment requires a signature total that equals 4% (26,904) population.[3]

Jaeger has until April 29 to verify and validate the submitted petition signatures.

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