Burleigh County Action Shifts Property Tax Debate Back To Local Government, Where It Belongs
The state legislature cannot fix property taxes because it does not have the final say in the policies that go into determining property taxes.
Last night I alerted you to the action taken at the Burleigh County Commission with regard to the Bismarck Renaissance Zone.
Today, the video from the commission meeting is available for viewing.
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For the last several legislative sessions, there has been a debate over Property Tax Relief and Property, starting in 2009. and in 2010.
Now, as the state is facing it's budget problems, and the debate over what to do about property taxes reheats - the legislature, elected officials, and taxpayers must look at what Bureigh County did as a first step in the process to reforming property taxes locally.
The legislature can throw money at the problem all it wants, but until local governments start addressing their own policy decisions when it comes to tax-giveaways (called "incentives"), tax exemptions, and other tax policies there will be no real reform.
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