House Passes Comprehensive Property Tax Reform
HB 1361 – sponsored by House Majority Leader Al Carlson (R-Fargo), this is being called the “Omnibus Property Tax Reform Bill”. HB 1361 limits the allowable amount of property tax increases in dollars to 3% per year, with certain allowable adjustments for new property, exempt property, etc. The bill allows the 3% limitation to be exceeded by a vote of the district's electors, for a single taxable year at a time.
Effective 2019, the 3% limitation will apply to school districts along with a provision to limit the increase in local funding from property taxes considered in the K-12 funding formula to mirror the new restriction on local property tax increases. The amendments effectively shift an estimated $34 million from local sources to state sources required to fund the K-12 formula for the 2019-2021 biennium. Total formula funding for school districts remains the same. This passed by a vote of 56 to 34.