In June, North Dakotans will vote on whether to amend their constitution. If they vote YES, they won’t have to pay property taxes anymore.
Sounds like an easy decision, right?
The state legislature would replace local government revenues with state revenues. But there are more than 2,000 units of local government in North Dakota, and the amendment does not guarantee local government would be funded above 2011 levels.
The trouble is, property taxes are what fund our schools, roads, emergency services, and more. Local government will still decide how to spend their “allowance” from the state government, but they can’t decide how much they’ll get. And Basin Electric’s members, the people of rural electric cooperatives, will suffer the consequences.
Jeff Eslinger, communications manager at the North Dakota Association of Counties, took it upon himself to explain Measure 2 in North Dakota as simply as possible through video.
The Bismarck Tribune covered a town hall meeting last night on this issue: Bismarck voters hear pros and cons of Measure 2