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Published April 12, 2012, 05:01 PM

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit on Property Tax Measure

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Tax Commissioner Cory Fong and several legislators about a proposal to get rid of North Dakota property taxes.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Tax Commissioner Cory Fong and several legislators about a proposal to get rid of North Dakota property taxes.

Supporters of abolishing property taxes say Fong and other public officials have been illegally using public money to campaign against the idea. They filed a lawsuit, asking a judge to intervene.

South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick threw out the request Thursday.

Romanick says the law against using public funds for campaigning doesn't allow private citizens to file lawsuits to try to enforce it. He says the law can only be enforced by prosecutors.

The argument is about a proposed constitutional amendment called Measure 2. It would abolish property taxes. North Dakota voters will decide in June whether to approve it.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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