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Rep. Craig Headland, Montpelier, N.D., Published March 09 2013

Letter: Meaningful tax reform for ND

Meaningful and sustainable tax reform and relief has been the main focus for Republicans this legislative session. To date, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has approved a historic $1 billion in income and property tax reductions. This amount is one that has never before seen before in North Dakota.

While there is a lot of misrepresentation as to where the dollars are going, I can promise you that direct relief to your taxes is the number one goal. In total, the House has approved more than $740 million in property tax reductions; roughly a 35 percent reduction. Additionally, we have provided more than

$500 million in individual and personal income taxes, thus allowing you to keep more money every paycheck.

Along with these unprecedented dollar amounts, we also approved tax reform to allow you, the taxpayer, to more easily understand what you are paying along with the ability to approve large tax increases. House Republicans have passed legislation that will require your property tax amount to be listed in dollars, effectively doing away with the mill levy system. Additionally, local subdivisions (school districts, cities, water, etc.) are required to seek voter approval for any tax increase of more than 3 percent of the previous year’s amount.

Being it is the legislative “halftime,” debates will continue to be had, dollar amounts will change and language will be altered. However, at the end of the day, the Republican majority is determined and dedicated to direct, sustainable tax relief for you.

Rep. Headland, R-Montpelier, represents District 29 in the N.D. House.