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Published March 10, 2014, 11:00 AM

NDFB proves need to abolish property tax

Well, well, well. It looks like the chickens have finally come home to roost. I’m referring to a recent news article stating that the North Dakota Farm Bureau has scrapped its plan to propose an initiated measure to reform property taxes.

By: Ralph Muecke, Agweek

Well, well, well. It looks like the chickens have finally come home to roost. I’m referring to a recent news article stating that the North Dakota Farm Bureau has scrapped its plan to propose an initiated measure to reform property taxes.

I was a delegate to the annual Farm Bureau meeting that was held in Bismarck last November, where they voted to pursue that initiative. Myself and a few others tried to tell the group that this plan was really nothing more than an unworkable Band-Aid for a broken arm, but the majority of delegates were so intoxicated with political correctness they voted overwhelmingly to pursue it.

But in visiting with a person from NDFB, I think they now apparently realize what Empower the Taxpayer and several others came to realize a long time ago: the property tax system is convoluted, corrupt, unworkable and unfixable. But I doubt they would be politically incorrect enough to admit it. Instead they say the Legislature should fix it.

They appear to have a very short memory. All of the bills introduced to reform property taxes in the last legislative session were defeated soundl,y as well as in previous sessions.

Remember, the NDFB was part of the special interest coalition that opposed Measure 2.

The only solution to the property tax dilemma is to abolish it. The North Dakota Farm Bureau just proved it. We don’t need it. There is plenty of money to replace it, even without the oil boom.

Let us now get to work and do another Measure 2. Remember three key words: Abolish, abolish, abolish. And this time, we can pull it off. And then elect more responsible legislators who will quit trying to grow bigger government rather than prioritizing basic needs ahead of special interest waste. (Higher education, a prime example.)

By the way, I think I will vote to re-elect Doug Goehring for agriculture commissioner. How about you?

Editor’s note: This letter was originally published Feb. 26 in the Dickinson (N.D.) Press.

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