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Associated Press, Published April 16 2012

Resolution of ND property tax debate case unlikely before June election

BISMARCK — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the lawsuit over North Dakota's property tax debate probably won't be resolved before the June election.

The argument is about Measure 2. It's a constitutional amendment to abolish property taxes.

The measure's supporters sued several public officials. They said the officials were spreading lies about the measure and spending tax money to fight it.

A judge dismissed the lawsuit. The case is being appealed to the North Dakota Supreme Court. Backers of the measure want a ruling before the election.

Stenehjem says if Measure 2 supporters win in the Supreme Court, there will need to be a trial and that wouldn't happen for months.

Stenehjem and Tax Commissioner Cory Fong say the lawsuit was meant to silence the measure's critics. The amendment's supporters deny that.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.