Former State Senate Majority Leader Rich Warder explains the real numbers for state finances.
Each March, the Citizen-Residents of a Township assemble for the Township Annual Meeting. The Board of Township Supervisors proposes a budget to the meeting; every resident is entitled to suggest amending the budget as a motion for consideration, and all the residents vote on the budget's final adoption. That is local control; the people who live there and know the needs set the budget and the resulting tax levy upon themselves. The response to local needs is not decided in Bismarck or even at the county seat.
NDTOA RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE
North Dakota Township Officers Association
Opposition to the Property Tax Elimination Ballot Measure
Whereas, an initiated constitutional petition has been approved to be circulated to put a question on the 2024 election ballot to eliminate the ability for political subdivisions to levy property tax; and
Whereas, the petition provides for political subdivisions to receive property tax replacement payments from state revenues but does not specify which state revenues would be used to fill local needs; and
Whereas, property taxes levied by townships at their respective annual meetings in 2022 totaled $32.2 million; and
Whereas, currently, the electors of a township voting at their annual meetings have the power to make decisions about the amount of property tax to levy upon themselves based on the township's locally evaluated needs; and
Whereas, without the ability to tax themselves according to local needs, the more than 1300 individual townships currently levying property taxes would potentially need to present their budget to the legislature for approval, or worse, be subject to a “one size fits all” appropriation, every two years;
Now, therefore, be it resolved that the North Dakota Township Officers Association opposes the property tax elimination ballot measure, and
Be it further resolved that the NDTOA will communicate this membership resolution to appropriate stakeholders, officials, and the NDTOA Membership.
Adopted by the NDTOA Membership, December 4, 2023