The dean of the University of North Dakota’s medical school wants to keep a statewide property tax that benefits the school.
North Dakota House Finance and Taxation Committee Chairman Wes Belter of Fargo has introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the tax.
Belter says property taxes aren’t used to help pay for other state institutions.
It’s the only statewide property tax in North Dakota. On most residential property tax bills, it adds up to less than $20 a year.
The medical school collects about $5.2 million from the tax every two years.
Medical school dean Joshua Wynne (WIN) says the tax is an important, steady source of money for the school. He says if it goes away, he’s not sure if the Legislature will make up the difference.