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Letter to the editor: Thank your lawmakers for their Christmas ‘present’

As homeowners of North Dakota anxiously wait for their daily mail, this year might be different. Property tax statements are going out with a 12 percent increase. The only homeowners who should be upset about this are the 23.5 percent who favored eliminating property taxes. To the 76.5 percent who rejected this measure, I don’t want to hear any complaints. When the legacy measure came to a vote, 63.2 percent of voters favored putting 30 percent of oil revenues in a special fund. Was this money a rainy day fund to help the residents of the state? Now we have a $5 billion cash cow, or should I say cash rhino. The Legislature failed to provide a 12 percent buy down and here we are at this point. This amounts to about $300 to $500 per homeowner with some paying less and some paying more.

Call your legislative representative and thank them for the wonderful Christmas present. We gave them a $5 billion Christmas present and we got the lump of coal. Merry Christmas.