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Published February 01, 2012, 01:09 PM

Foes of ND property tax measure say idea 'radical'

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of a proposal to abolish North Dakota's property taxes say it would end local control of the financing of projects and services.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Opponents of a proposal to abolish North Dakota's property taxes say it would end local control of the financing of projects and services.

A number of organizations say they've formed a coalition to oppose Measure 2. The measure will be on the June primary ballot. It is a constitutional amendment that would abolish property taxes.

North Dakota Chamber of Commerce President Andy Peterson says if the measure is approved, city, county and school officials would have to come begging to the state Legislature for money.

Peterson says North Dakotans would have to pay higher taxes on income and sales to make up for local revenue losses.

Backers of the measure say high property taxes are forcing people out of their homes because they can't afford them.

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