Wardner: Bill to have the state take over social service funding from counties 'important'

Apr 10, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson).
Credit ND Legislature

A bill supporters call true property tax relief – and reform – is a source of disagreement between the House and the Senate as the 2017 Legislative session heads toward adjournment.

That bill would have the state take over full funding of social service programs now funded by county property taxpayers.

"That really is an important bill as far as getting everything to fall in line," said Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner (R-Dickinson).

Wardner said he believes it is sustainable property tax relief.

"It will take 20 mills off the table," Wardner said. "They won't be there any more."

Wardner said that's just like the school funding formula has taken 115 mills off the property tax rolls.

"When you put them together, 135 mills that used to be on the books will be off," Wardner said.

House leadership has raised concerns – and as it came out of the House Finance and Taxation Committee, the bill was amended into a two year study. But House leaders say the bill will be sent back to the House Finance and Taxation Committee for further work.

The Senate already passed the original bill.