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Published April 13, 2012, 12:24 PM

Lawsuit on ND property tax measure to be appealed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of abolishing property taxes say they'll appeal a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Supporters of abolishing property taxes say they'll appeal a judge's dismissal of their lawsuit to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

The lawsuit claims Tax Commissioner Cory Fong and some state lawmakers are illegally campaigning against a proposal to abolish property taxes.

A judge threw out the lawsuit. An attorney for property tax opponents says Friday the ruling will be appealed.

Lynn Boughey (BOO'-ee) says he'll ask the Supreme Court to schedule oral arguments quickly.

Boughey says a fast resolution is important because North Dakotans are going to be voting June 12 on a constitutional amendment to abolish property taxes.

Boughey says state and local officials have been using taxpayer funds to campaign against the constitutional amendment. He says the lawsuit was filed to get them to stop that.

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