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Governor Forms Task Force to Address Property Tax Reform

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While the state of North Dakota has passed along millions of dollars in property tax relief, it hasn't delivered the savings many North Dakotan's expected.

"It appears to me the whole system is suffering from a whole lot of neglect," says Governor Jack Dalrymple.

That's why Governor Jack Dalrymple is forming a 14 person task force made up of tax payers and tax experts to guide lasting property tax reform.

"Tax reform Is when we go into system look at how it's accessed and understand improvements we can make and begin to make permanent changes in how we raise revenue for political subdivisions."

Dalyrmple says it's the next step following the significant property tax relief passed since 2009.

In total, it's $1.5 billion dollars in property taxes North Dakotan's have not had to pay because of tax relief efforts.

Dalrymple says, "although the state has continued to provide for local property tax reductions, rising property valuations have led to rising taxes in some cases. That has led to citizens having a lot of questions."

"We still have some challenges in assessment process determines what valuation of piece of property is. That's got to be fair and we are not there yet," says Mandan Senator Dwight Cook.

Senator Cook has been a key legislator working on tax relief over the years. He's one of two legislators to serve on the task force.

"They will look for opportunities to simplify, consolidate, eliminate some taxes. May look to replace property taxes with user base fees or to replace property tax levies with other revenue sources such as with state funding."

Two years ago, North Dakota voters rejected a measure to abolish property taxes. The Governor says property taxes do serve a purpose.

"I don't see a world in which we have no property taxes, no."

The task force has one year to get their recommendations ready for the 2015 legislature.

The task force has it's first meeting Friday.

There is also a legislative committee studying further property tax relief and reform.

Dalrymple says his task force will work with the legislative committee.

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