Measure 2 supporters say eliminating property tax is the right thing for North DakotaFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A recent poll shows the race to approve Measure 2 isn't a close one in North Dakota, but that's not stopping supporters who want to abolish the property tax from getting the word out.
A recent poll shows the race to approve Measure 2 isn't a close one in North Dakota, but that's not stopping supporters who want to abolish the property tax from getting the word out. It's an issue with polarizing sides, each one certain their answer is the right one. Those in support of Measure 2 are confident that eliminating property taxes is absolutely the right solution for North Dakota.
Brandy Miller – Measure 2 Supporter: “The rising costs of property taxes are going to high that eventually we may end up losing our home.”
Brandy Miller has lived in her Habitat for Humanity home since Christmas 2008. In that time period, she's seen her property taxes jump more nearly 150% to more than $2,000.
Brandy Miller: “That's not fair, we did all the handwork and everything like we were supposed to do to abide by the habitat guidelines, now I'm turning around and looking at local guidelines, trying to keep my home.”
Now the wife and mother of five survives on a family income of less than $28,000 a year. On top of everything, her husband was recently diagnosed with coronary artery disease.
Brandy Miller: “Sometimes you're judging, ‘Okay, I know I have to pay this full house payment, but if I don't have the money to afford to get my husband his medication, what's going to give?’”
Miller's situation is just one of many. It's the reason Charlene Nelson and her group, Empower the Taxpayer created Measure 2.
Charlene Nelson – Empower the Taxpayer: “We're paying more than what our government needs to run. That money should come back to us, and I say it should come back in the form of property tax relief.”
Nelson says right now there are plenty of surplus funds to compensate for the lost property tax revenue.
Charlene Nelson: “When we abolish property taxes, income tax revenues increase, sales tax revenues increase, personal income and wages increase, and all of this results in a really strong and vibrant community.”
But she knows her group is fighting an uphill battle. Those against the measure believe the state would have far too much power.
Charlene Nelson: “The local control thing, that's a myth. What our measure does is it says, you get this money, this dollar for dollar replacement, and it comes with no strings attached.”
On Thursday we'll talk with local leaders to find out why they're against Measure 2. Hear why they're standing by the fact that local control would be lost.