Will a northern plains state axe the property tax? This June, residents of North Dakota will vote on a primary ballot measure which, if approved by voters, would eliminate local property taxes, retroactive as of January 1, 2012. There could be no better place than the Flickertail State — which has the lowest unemployment rate in the country and a thriving energy-based economy — to attempt this unprecedented experiment in government by the people.
Charlene Nelson (photo) of Empower the Taxpayer is one of the driving forces behind Measure #2, as it is known. She was instrumental in ensuring that the 30,000 signatures needed to get the property tax proposal on a statewide ballot were collected.
In addition to being a municipal judge for the city of Casselton, Nelson, a resident of North Dakota for 18 years, is also a homeschooling mother of three who enjoys gardening. She agreed to an interview with The New American.
TNA: Property rights proponents like to argue that the property tax turns homeowners into tenants to the government in that they are obligated, rain or shine, to pay this regressive tax. Is that why you want to end property taxes, so that North Dakotans are no longer penalized for owning property?
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Photo: Charlene Nelson