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North Dakotans Vote To Keep Property Tax

From a joyous New York Times:

North Dakota Voters Reject Effort to Abolish Property Tax

June 13, 2012

Voters in North Dakota on Tuesday rejected a constitutional amendment to abolish the property tax, turning aside arguments by advocates of the measure who say the tax has proved inconsistent and is in conflict with the basic concept of property ownership.

The result, which showed North Dakotans overwhelmingly opposing a property tax ban in unofficial returns, ended those advocates’ immediate hopes of making North Dakota the first in the nation to take such a step.

In fact, according to ABC News, the amendment was rejected by 76.5 to 23.5 percent. Which is quite overwhelming.

Still, who cares about the election results? We want to hear about the exit polls. We bet they could be skewed to prove that the people of North Dakota actually felt the opposite of what the election results show.

There, a powerful coalition of groups, including business leaders and public workers, strongly opposed the idea and raised significantly more money than the other side to spread a message that ending the property tax would mean chaos in the state capital, Bismarck, an increase in other taxes and an end to most decision making by local city councils and county boards.

In fact, according to the local Grand Forks Herald, the pro-tax groups outspent the anti-tax groups by 30 to 1. Which normally disqualifies an election in the eyes of the news media, unless they like the results.

Though the property tax ban failed, state lawmakers said they had grasped the depth of residents’ frustrations and were all but certain to tackle concerns about unfair property tax exemptions and rising assessments and tax bills…

Sure they will. The tax assessors are very sensitive to the public’s frustrations. Which is why property taxes never go down, even when the value of one’s house goes down.

On another ballot measure in the state, North Dakotans voted to allow the retirement of a nickname, Fighting Sioux, for sports teams connected to the University of North Dakota, unofficial results showed.

The issue has been a matter of fierce debate in the state for years, as some tried to comply with N.C.A.A. policy banning such imagery and others lobbied for the longstanding name as a school tradition

Once again, according to the local Grand Forks Herald, the opponents of the nickname outspent the proponents by 25 to 1. Which, once again, is a detail the New York Times did not consider fit to print.

By the way, according to ABC News, a number of the Indian tribes are actually in favor of keeping the nickname.

Still, what has happened to the people of North Dakota? Is there no sanity left in any corner of the United States?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “North Dakotans Vote To Keep Property Tax”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Just proved that the real state nickname of the Lefties is Fighting Sue

  2. BigOil says:

    A once conservative people are given a golden opportunity to reclaim their private property rights…and they blow it. Shows you what liberals have achieved through years of indoctrination in our schools and incessant media propaganda.

    Even at the state level people keep feeding the beast. Sigh.

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Ironically, claiming that property taxes would skyrocket was the scare tactic the libs used in Mass to help ensure they wouldn’t do away with state income tax. Twice. I’m not surprised.

  3. Astravogel says:

    I am reminded of a comment by a clerk in Portland, Oregon,
    when I remarked on the lack of a Sales Tax. “They get it other
    ways.” Perhaps that is what the folks were cautious about.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”


    “We’re not happy til you’re not happy.”

    So when you get your (inherited) house taken away because you couldn’t afford the property taxes, let me know how that works out for you.

    Say you inherit your dad’s farm and all its land. You’re a businessman in Bismarck and you have to shutter your operation because Obama’s regulations have made your business unprofitable. You sell your house in town and move into the house where you grew up. The $70,000 you used to take home annually from your business is gone and you are living on a few meager earnings from some investments you made in 1988-1995 but those checks cover food, gas and electricity, car insurance and a few other things. You get your tax bill because the house and property are no longer exempt since it hasn’t been a working farm for a couple of decades.

    You can’t afford the thousands of dollars in property tax.

    The assessor sends you a letter. You explain your position. They don’t care.

    They are GovCo.

    The same thing happens next year. You again explain to the assessor, who you went to high school with and whose cousin you’re married to.

    GovCo. again does not care.

    The third year, they come and seize the property and auction it off, taking “their cut” and giving you some of the proceeds. (lots of processing and administrative fees are deducted) so you get 40% of the total take on the property. Had you sold it yourself, you would’ve been able to keep most of it, except the state would’ve hampered the sale of the home by interfering and making you tell potential buyers it’s in tax “arrearages”.

    Mr Coming, meet Mr Going.


    Thanks to national socialists who must fund their re-elections and slush.

    Of all the creatures on the face of the earth, the parasite is by far the most damaging creature known. They slowly kill the host, making it suffer and sometimes go mad just in perpetuating itself.

    Why God created them is unknown to me.

  5. OTA Mom says:

    I live in ND, born and raised here, own a home and land (pay ~$7k in property tax annually) and cannot believe Measure 2 was shot down by such a wide margin. There was a lot of (apparently highly effective but incredibly misleading) ‘keep it local’ propaganda on the airwaves that implied local control would be given up in exchange for letting property owners off the hook. Also rumblings that other taxes would have to be raised.

    Why should property owners have to reach so deep in their pockets, it has always seemed unfair to me. My family worked their fingers to the bone to have what we have, scratching out a living in the soil. I’m for exploring a return to the Locke model.

  6. JohnTheBuilder says:

    OK, so the people decided to keep the property tax. There are other ways to go about this.

    Oregon had what was called an income tax “kicker” law (I don’t know if it got repealed, haven’t lived there for years. But I do remember many public officials wanting it gone). If the state collected more than 2% over the budget, the surplus was returned to the taxpayers.

    Why can’t the ND legislature enact something like that. If they really have that much extra cash there are ways to get it back to the taxpayers.

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