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Frank E. Anderson, Fargo, Published July 21 2013

Letter: Legislator wrong about local taxes

The Forum’s editorial section on July 8 included a column written by Rep. Mike Nathe, R-Bismarck, that caused me to do a double take. He says the state has done its job by infusing

$850 million (none of which the state had until after the property tax vote, by the way); now it’s up to local governments to do theirs.

First, the state’s job is never done, and tax relief and monitoring should always be an agenda item. Tax relief should not become this political football and not a last-hour vote. Second, I have never been unhappy with the taxes of the local governments. Cass County and Fargo have held the line well.

It was the education piece that was the problem. Property tax is the most confusing, misunderstood tax there is. If we did not have it, who would vote for it? No one, that’s who.

And third, education is extremely important, and it is up to the state to make sure every student receives as much opportunity in all areas to include music, sports, art and so on. The state can afford it. So, Rep. Nathe, roll your sleeves back up.