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A bill for a state take-over of county social service funding is now on its way to Governor Burgum.

Under it, the state will assume all the costs of social service programs now funded at the county level. It eliminates the 20 mill levy for social services.

"What it (the 12 percent) was put in place for is as a holder, until the state could figure out a way to take over county social services," said Sen. Dwight Cook (R-Mandan), chairman if the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee.

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A House committee is delaying by two years a plan for the state to take over the funding of county social service programs.

Instead, the issue would be studied in the interim.

Supporters have touted that effort as real property tax relief and reform. The Senate already approved the takeover in the 2017-2019 biennium.  But House Finance and Taxation Committee chairman Craig Headland (R-Montpelier) said that proposal has generated a number of questions – such as how will a takeover of funding generate efficiencies.

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Representatives of county governments packed a House hearing on a bill that would have the state take over funding of social service programs offered at the county level.

Counties have a special property tax levy for social service programs. And they say the proposal is property tax relief – and property tax reform.

A Senate committee is looking at a proposal to have the state take over the costs of delivering human service programs at the county level.

Right now, counties levy a property tax for that.

Supporters say this would be real property tax relief – and reform.

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The 2017 Legislature will likely tackle the issue of whether the state should fully fund social service programs.

Right now, counties can levy up to 20 mills of property tax to pay for some of those services. The interim Political Subdivisions Taxation Committee studied the bill. But the committee chairman – Rep. Jason Dockter (R-Bismarck) – said the bill needs some work, and his committee ran out of time.

'Real' property tax reform bill passes Legislature

Apr 29, 2015

After several tries, the Legislature has approved a plan to start taking over some social service programs that were funded by counties.

Supporters say the bill is true property tax relief – it transfers $23 million in costs from county property taxes to the state.

Rep. Robin Weisz (R-Hurdsfield) says those programs amounted to an unfunded mandate for counties.

"I know this assembly chafes every time the feds come and tell us to do something, and they don't give us any money," said Weisz. "We have been doing this for years to our political subdivisions."

North Dakota counties were disappointed that the 2013 Legislature defeated a proposal to have the state take over the funding of all social service programs delivered at the county level.

North Dakota Association of Counties director Mark Johnson says the proposal did get a lot of support from legislators who were concerned that although the Legislature was heading down the road of property tax relief, there wasn’t much in the way of property tax reform.

Spirited discussion on Spirit Lake re: social services

Feb 28, 2013

Spirited dialogue on the Spirit Lake Reservation, Wednesday, as officials with the Bureau of Indian Affairs briefed state, federal and tribal officials on the status of Social Services program reforms on the reservation and gathered community reaction.

The story from Prairie Public's Todd McDonald.