Thank your state legislators this Christmas

Gary Hoffer

Bismarck

As homeowners of North Dakota anxiously wait for their daily mail, this year might be different. Property tax statements are going out with a 12 percent increase. The only homeowners that should be upset about this are the 23.5% who favored eliminating property taxes.

To the 76.5% who rejected this measure, I don’t want to hear any complaints. When the Legacy measure came to a vote, 63.2% of voters favored putting 30% of oil revenues in a special fund. Was this money a rainy day fund to help the residents of the state? Now we have a $5 billion cash cow, or should I say cash rhino. The Legislature failed to provide a 12% buy down and here we are at this point. This amounts to about a $300 to $500 per home owner with some paying less and some paying more.

Call your legislative representative and thank them for the wonderful Christmas present. We gave them a $5 billion Christmas present and we got the lump of coal. MERRY CHRISTMAS

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