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Published October 04, 2012, 08:48 AM

Residents of North Dakota county wonder about tax proposal

BOWMAN, N.D. (AP) — Some residents in southwestern North Dakota's Bowman County are questioning a proposed 12 percent tax hike given the county's large reserve fund.

BOWMAN, N.D. (AP) — Some residents in southwestern North Dakota's Bowman County are questioning a proposed 12 percent tax hike given the county's large reserve fund.

The Dickinson Press reports the county has $21 million in reserve, though Commissioner Lynn Brackel says some of the money already is allocated to projects and future needs.

The commission is proposing to raise property taxes for fiscal 2013 to cover rising costs. Resident Pam Hestekin says such a hike would burden some people, especially those on fixed incomes.

Brackel says the county is faced with the rising cost of social services for residents, along with retirement and health insurance for county employees.

The budget isn't final yet. Commissioner Bill Bowman says the county is looking into using federal money to ease the property tax burden.

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