ND Lawmakers Propose Mini Measure 2 As Alternative To Measure 2
Measure 2, which if approved by voters next month would abolish property taxes in North Dakota and replace them with state appropriations, has been much maligned as an assault on “local control.” But one criticism of the critics of Measure 2 (who admit that property taxes are a problem in the state) is that they haven’t put an alternative on the table.
Well a group of lawmakers, led by state Senator David Hogue, have come up with an alternative, which according to the Associated Press would partially abolish property taxes for residential property…and replace them with a state appropriation.
In other words, this proposal (much like the “property tax relief” from the 2009 and 2011 legislative sessions) isn’t at all unlike Measure 2, except that it doesn’t eliminate property taxes entirely. Only partially, with the revenues being replaced by state appropriations.
Will the “local control” hysterics cry foul over this proposal? Probably not, because opposition to Measure 2 is not really about local control for them, despite “Keep It Local” being the name of their coalition. For them it’s about avoiding real tax relief, keeping money tied up in government and keeping the property tax in place so that it can be used to hand out special favors to certain politically well-connected businesses and developers.
I’m not necessarily against this proposal. I’m just wondering why the anti-Measure 2 would come up with an alternative like this one, which again is pretty much a miniature version of Measure 2, if they’re oh-so-worried about “local control.”
The hypocrisy is so thick you could cut it with a knife.Tags: david hogue, measure 2, North Dakota News, property taxes