MINOT — “Property tax relief.”
North Dakota’s politicians keep using that term. As the great Inigo Montoya might say , “I don’t think it means what they think it means.”
To catch you up, according to the Legislative Council , over the last 15 years, North Dakota’s lawmakers have appropriated more than $7.25 billion to what they describe as “property tax relief.” This approach to property tax relief has now obliged the state to pay local governing entities about $1.6 billion per biennium “to help hold down taxes,” as Senate Majority Leader David Hogue has put it .
Yet North Dakotans are still crying out for property tax relief. Because their property taxes aren’t actually going down.
What have we accomplished if we spend $7.25 billion on “property tax relief” and property taxpayers don’t feel that relief?