STAFF BLOG OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! Property Taxes: Whose Money Is in the Bucket?
I've had a few questions about several stories I've written about property taxes, and I would like to share with you my bucket analogy, which simplifies some of the complex things that determine a per... Posted on 4/5/12 at 2:52 PM
STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Financial impact of Measure 2 debated
BISMARCK About $812 million in property taxes for 2012 would be eliminated if North Dakota voters approve Measure 2 in June, a state research analyst said Monday.
Kathy Strombeck of the state Tax Co... Posted on 4/2/12 at 2:28 PM
STAFF BLOG FAITH FORUM Fargo Diocese expands review to include all schools
The Fargo Diocese is expanding its properties and facilities review beyond the Fargo metro area to include all diocese schools and their affiliated parishes.
That study will provide demographic and ot... Posted on 7/18/10 at 7:21 AM
NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND admin notes from the outdoors world
Habitats Workshop Scheduled in Valley City
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department and the Valley City Area Teacher Center are sponsoring a wildlife conservation and resource management workshop for... Posted on 5/17/10 at 5:02 AM
A proposal to revamp North Dakota property tax subsidies would give tax breaks only to a North Dakota resident’s primary home.
The Legislature’s Taxation Committee is considering the idea. It may be introduced in the Legislature next year.
Lloyd Omdahl’s headline this week was “Tax repeal would create inequities among counties.” Oh really. He talked about the plight of the “spenders” or “takers” at the county level and below. Let me set a visual image for you — it’s like a state candy store, all the public officials from the counties on down are the only ones there, milling around. There is a certain level of stress in that favorite candy jars are low or empty.
In North Dakota, if three siblings, A, B and C, are tenants in common of a section of land, can A and B sell their “shares” to person C without tax penalty to person C? Or does the entire section have to be sold, then repurchased by person C? And in the second case, what tax liability would C incur?
Backers of a constitutional amendment to abolish North Dakota property taxes believe they have enough petition signatures to put the idea on the ballot, even though the number they thought they needed has risen.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, March 26, 2011
BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota lawmakers are taking another run at limiting the growth of local property taxes.
Fargo Rep. Jim Kasper is asking the North Dakota House’s Finance and Taxation Committee to support 3 percent annual caps on the increase of a landowner’s property tax bill.
You may have heard of the movement to abolish property tax in North Dakota.
Some have looked at the idea with excitement; some are confused, while others have concerns. Whatever your initial take on the matter, it’s safe to say that you probably never had a chance to vote on whether your property will be taxed. That all could soon change.
Supporters of abolishing North Dakota property taxes may begin gathering petition signatures to put the idea on the ballot.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved the ballot initiative for circulation. It would change the North Dakota Constitution to eliminate property taxes, starting in January 2012.
It seems the Jamestown City Council has decided that tax dollars are better spent on infrastructure than on corporate welfare programs (euphemistically called economic development).
A quick economics lesson: economic development is a form of “rent-seeking.”
Instead of looking for private investors to build a local economy, businesses and community interests join forces to draw out public dollars from taxpayers as a way to fund projects that would normally be funded by venture capital. Venture capital is simply start-up investment funding, it does not have to be from large out-of state firms.
So-called “economic development corporations” have been popping up like weeds.
Bobcat Co. has put three Bismarck properties up for sale.
The company closed its manufacturing plant in the city in December. Bobcat spokeswoman Laura Ness Owens said the three properties being sold are the main factory, a smaller manufacturing building nearby and two acres of land northeast of the site.
A group of angry citizens, “Empower the Taxpayer,” has embarked on a crusade to initiate a measure for a vote of the people on the question of repealing all property taxes in North Dakota. They claim that the property tax is unfair. They are absolutely right.
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