STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Lawmakers discuss western N.D. infrastructure funding
BISMARCKNorth Dakota lawmakers are trying to determine the best way to provide money for infrastructure relief to the states oil and gas producing counties.
One proposal discussed Monday was not popu... Posted on 1/10/11 at 8:21 PM
A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.
North Dakota county officials want the state to take over the delivery of social services programs, including federal Medicaid and food stamps, saying counties can no longer afford to do it.
The North Dakota County Commission Association is seeking a two-year study of the idea starting in 2011, the year of the next legislative session.
Its resolution says counties would contribute up to 15 mills of property taxes each.
Three counties tried to overcharge a data analysis company for electronic copies of records, with one saying the information would take a year to copy, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said.
In separate legal opinions Tuesday, Stenehjem said Mountrail County was obliged to provide the tax and assessment records for no more than $350. The county had estimated an expense of $900, and told the company, American CoreLogic of Santa Ana, Calif., that it would have to pay in advance.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, July 16, 2008
North Dakota’s oil producing counties shouldn’t be penalized for helping plump up the state treasury, county officials and a few lawmakers said Wednesday in appealing to the Legislature for assistance.
With at least one county in the state on track to eventually host one oil well every square mile, county officials are dreading the ever-increasing cost of maintaining roads, bridges, sheriff patrols and other county services with what they say is too little money from the oil taxes pouring into the state.
By Janell Cole, N.D. Capitol Bureau
, July 03, 2008
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