No property tax relief for North DakotaFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- One of the headliners of the 2013 session might be what wasn't done. Many lawmakers promised, or ran campaigns, on property tax relief.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- One of the headliners of the 2013 session might be what wasn't done. Many lawmakers promised, or ran campaigns, on property tax relief.
As of now it's not coming. For those hoping for big breaks on their property tax bill - you're out of luck, you'll be seeing about the same thing you've seen for the past 4 years.
It took a full 80 day session to find out lawmakers couldn't hash out property tax relief.
As the two side bicker with the other, we want to introduce you to someone who may be hit hardest by the no action.
Bob Salsman- Needs Property Tax Relief: "I'm not getting by, i'm 82 years old and I'll die way in debt."
Meet Bob Salsman, like tens of thousands of North Dakotans he's retired.
People who worked their lives to pay off their homes, homes they've lived in for decades.
But many are now being driven out of their home, because of taxes.
Some paying more in taxes now than they did to buy the home.
Salsman: "It's easy we're sitting ducks. I mean there's nothing we can do our representatives don't do anything."
A statement released by state democrats today, calls out the super majority failing the citizens.
Calling what happened on the final day on the capitol floor a "spectacle that unfolded at the direction of Representative Al Carlson."
Rep. Kim Koppelman- (R) West Fargo: "There's no guarantee that it's going to give the kind of relief, meaning taxpayers paying less dollars, that many of us hope it will" Rep. Al Carlson "I'm not going to support this bill. There's an alternative and don't tell me it's too late in the session cause this is the way it always goes."
Political experts say, the bill would have added around 300 million dollars to property tax relief.
Today's no action could be setting up a showdown at the polls. Charlene Nelson of Empower the Taxpayer, says this could bring momentum to another vote to eliminate property taxes.
Rep. Al Carlson- (R) Fargo: "You tell me how do we fix this without eliminating it? No one knows because it really is unfixable."
The vote to eliminate property taxes failed 77% to 23 last June. It could be on a June or November ballot this year.