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Published May 17, 2012, 12:34 PM

Former ND Gov, Lt. Gov oppose prop tax measure

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota Republican Gov. Ed Schafer and Democratic Lt. Gov. Lloyd Omdahl are joining up to fight a proposal to abolish property taxes.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota Republican Gov. Ed Schafer and Democratic Lt. Gov. Lloyd Omdahl are joining up to fight a proposal to abolish property taxes.

Schafer and Omdahl put out a joint statement Thursday saying they oppose Measure 2 on the June 12 primary ballot.

Measure 2 is a constitutional amendment that would abolish property taxes. It says the Legislature would have to replace local governments' property tax revenue with state tax collections.

Schafer and Omdahl say the measure is vague and would lead to lawsuits over how it should be interpreted. They say it would shift power from local governments to the state Legislature.

Schafer says he understands people are frustrated about property taxes, but he says Measure 2 is the wrong solution.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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