Minnesota could be the big winner in North Dakota property-tax vote

  • Article by: PAUL LEVY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 12, 2012 - 7:33 AM

They'll vote on the citizen-driven proposal in Tuesday's primary.

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antagonistJun. 11, 12 9:10 PM

What a great idea, to finally give the people true ownership of the land they live on versus the feudal system we have now where every year, we are required to pay tribute to our local lords or they kick us off their land even if we hold the deed outright.

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paulskiJun. 11, 12 9:11 PM

Only in NoDak would a no vote on he nickname really mean yes

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whattheJun. 11, 12 9:32 PM

I don't understand the article on why their sales taxes would have to go up. The article says the taxes collected from oil drilling more than makes up for the decrease in property taxes. It would seem like it would be a logical assumption if the state has a surplus, other taxes would decrease.

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dentesterJun. 11, 12 9:39 PM

Hell hath no fury alike a politician or a bureaucrat denied taxpayer money.

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grinnell4Jun. 11, 12 9:45 PM

According to recent polling eliminating property tax has a snowball's chance in hell of passing.

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metaltesterJun. 11, 1210:16 PM

What? But we are so conditioned to paying rent to the government for the right to own...Are we not?

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Hoffer1973Jun. 11, 1210:24 PM

Bad idea. Better off with a property tax rebate so people understand that eventually they will again have to pay property taxes when/if the boom ends and/or the schools or local government need more money to build something new or expand. They are hoping population will go up and so will the need for additional services.

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SammyBoyJun. 11, 1210:25 PM

The rather throwaway line of "Eliminating property taxes would shift the power to fund local government to the State Capitol in Bismark" really says it all. From the same people who brought you the Tea Party and its insistence that federal government is evil, local government is evil as well. Coupled with (Ron) Paul's apostles belief that they should infiltrate local government to reduce property taxes, both infect the state government with hypocritical proposals like slashing funding for Local Government Assistance and finish with rhetoric that then only good state government is closed state government. Between the three main levels of government, they've proven they are unfit to govern by constantly declaring that government closer to "The People" is better than the level they serve in, yet never finding a level that's actually close enough. Pretty soon, you'll have anti-government rants against homeowners associations, neighborhood watches, and probably even the idea of block parties, since they have to be organized by someone. There is no level of association and cooperation they find disgusting, except unfettered global capitalism, run by unelected officials who are beholden to no one, chosen through selection processes not dissimilar from the Divine Right claimed by kings and popes since the middle ages, and completely untouchable by law. Because the middle ages worked really well for that whole "Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" idea enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. Remind me what King the colonists were rebelling against again?

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bandit135Jun. 11, 1210:26 PM

why do all the tax breaks favor the rich??

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copper88Jun. 11, 1210:33 PM

Typical right wing tax scheme. North Dakota has been booming for a few years now with all the oil development and has been doing fine. Now come along some wacko tax scheme to mess it all up. I wonder what the sales tax rate comes to if this all gets approved.

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