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Governor Talks Taxes With County Auditors

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"This is not easy."

That's how Governor Jack Dalrymple described the effort to re-vamp the state's property tax system.

A task force has developed a proposed bill for the coming legislature that will streamline the property tax system in the state.

That comes after a failed statewide vote to abolish property taxes.

Dalrymple was chatting with county auditors from across the state as they met in their annual convention.

He says it makes good sense to run ideas past the auditors and listen to their input on making the system more friendly to county workers and the public in general.

(Gov. Jack Dalrymple, (R) North Dakota) "We want to make sure that anything we propose is workable and not going to add any additional complication to what we have. The idea is to streamline the system, make it easier to understand, and ultimately to help people accept that we have a good system."

The auditor of McKenzie County served on the property tax task force and says the changes should help both in county offices - and among people paying the taxes - in two ways.

(Linda Svihovec, McKenzie County Auditor) "Consolidation, which will provide much more flexibility and then the second thing is streamlining. Those are the two biggest goals and I think what we've done in this process has accomplished both of those goals."

The governor is scheduled to discuss the property tax change proposals with the state league of cities later this week.


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