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Published June 29, 2010, 09:45 PM

Property Tax Forum Held In Grand Forks

The North Dakota Policy Council held it's first forum tonight in Grand Forks and plans to hold the sessions across the State.

A property tax forum was held tonight at the Ramada in Grand Forks...and it got people thinking and talking about reform.

The North Dakota Policy Council held it's first forum tonight in Grand Forks and plans to hold the sessions across the State.

A panel of three people from the area including a Grand Forks City Council member, a political activist and state senator talked about their views and listened to others.

One issue talked about was the measure to eliminate property taxes in North Dakota and how it could help people own and afford their homes.

Another option would be to lock in a property tax at one-and-a-half percent of the value of a home.

During the discussion panelists talked about past reform and proposals and people brought up new ideas for reform.

"It's the biggest issue on the minds of voters in North Dakota as far as state and local politics goes." said NDPC executive director Brett Narloch. "People know that something is wrong and they want the problem fixed. It's really easy when we say how can we best facilitate a discussion about issues of importance and property taxes is right at the top and we thought meetings like these would be a great way to do it."

Narloch says these discussions not only help people in the community stay informed, but gives city leaders ideas on what people are concerned with and want changed.

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