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Discussions underway about 'comprehensive tax reform'

Discussions are underway, if only informally so far, on comprehensive tax relief for North Dakotans.

It would include property taxes.

In his "State of the State" address, Gov. Doug Burgum said he wanted to work with legislators, as well as the state's Office of Management and Budget, and the state Tax Department, on a plan to present to the 2023 Legislative session.

Local governments are dependent upon property taxes.

"If this is done correctly, local municipalities will remain whole through the process," said Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus. "It's really looking at the resources available."

Kroshus said it will likely take re-balancing.

"We have to look at all aspects of where revenues, tax dollars, are generated, how they're allocated, and how do you re-balance that," Kroshus said.

An interim Legislative committee will also be working on the issue.

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