BISMARCK — North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger has approved for circulation a petition that seeks to place on the November ballot a constitutional measure that if approved would prohibit local government bodies from collecting property taxes, with the exception of current bonds until they are paid.

If the petition drive is successful and a measure is placed on the ballot and approved, the change would go into effect for the 2022 tax season.

Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, who submitted the petition as the chairman of the effort, previously said his suggestions on how the state can replace the $950 million North Dakotans and businesses pay in property taxes. In part, he proposed using oil tax revenue that goes into the Legacy Fund.

Becker’s group will have until midnight July 6 to turn in 26,904 signatures if it wants the measure on the November general election ballot.

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