- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A lawmaker from North Dakota’s oil patch is raising concerns about using dwindling oil tax revenues to support county social service programs.

Republican Sen. Bill Bowman of Bowman says he has reservations using a finite resource to fund permanent programs.

Bowman was among two members to vote against the bill Wednesday at the meeting of the state Senate Appropriations Committee. The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2lkDLr5 ) reports the committee voted 11-2 to recommend the bill pass. It now goes to the full Senate.

The measure would have the state assume county social services funding and eliminate the county cap of 20 mills in property taxes to be levied for such programming.

Supporters say the bill would provide long-term property tax relief by making permanent a 12 percent state-paid property tax credit passed in recent sessions.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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