Woody Barth, Solen
Measure 2, the constitutional amendment to abolish property taxes in North Dakota, was soundly defeated in the June 12 state primary election.
North Dakota Farmers Union was part of the coalition called "Keep it Local North Dakota" and hosted many informational events to explain their stand against Measure 2. The group will continue to advocate for reforming the property tax structure.
There were many reasons to oppose Measure 2 and I'm happy that taxpayers were able to see the wisdom in defeating the amendment. We have been working for years to reform the property tax structure and will continue our efforts in the future.
NDFU policy calls for legislative responsibility to restructure the state tax system with property tax relief being a priority.
One good thing that came out of this Measure 2 debate was the attention it gave to the current tax structure. There was a lot of discussion on what could be done and hopefully, that conversation will continue. North Dakota Farmers Union will be at the table to lead those efforts.