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North Dakota Measure 2: Property Tax Revolution

On June 12th North Dakotans will go to the polls and have the chance to make history.  Constitutional measure 2, elimination of property taxes and replacement of lost revenue will be on the ballot.  North Dakotans will have an opportunity to decide whether they want the continued regulation of their lives through a tax on their property or they want to be free.  It’s really that simple.  There are big government forces out there who are trying to convince the voters that the world will come to an end if these shackles are discarded.  They are telling the people that if measure 2 passes they will cede local control to the state, forcing cities to beg the state for crucial funding.  To that I say balderdash!  The new wording in the constitution will require the state to use revenues obtained from proceeds of state sales taxes, individual and corporate income taxes, oil and gas production and extraction taxes, tobacco taxes, lottery revenues, financial institutions taxes, and other state resources to replace the lost property tax revenue.  Below is the wording on the ballot.

Initiated Constitutional Measure No. 2
This initiated constitutional measure would amend sections 1, 4, 14, 15, and 16 of Article X of
the North Dakota Constitution and repeal sections 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 of that same article,
eliminating property taxes, poll taxes, and acreage taxes, effective January 1, 2012. The
measure would require the Legislative Assembly to replace lost revenue to cities, counties,
townships, school districts, and other political subdivisions with allocations of various state-level
taxes and other revenues, without restrictions on how these revenues may be spent by the
political subdivisions.

Empower The Taxpayer is the organization responsible for getting measure 2 on the ballot.  If you have some time check out the below video they made promoting measure 2.

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State legislators are beginning to feel the heat.  They are proposing a number of measures to reduce the amount of property taxes across the board.  I say it’s time to take control of the issue and eliminate them completely.  The founders believed property rights were unalienable rights; rights that each of us were born with.  I have always promoted the notion that taxes on personal income is a means in which the government can tax our personal property and regulate our lives.  The same holds true for property taxes.  Does a person really own their property if the government can seize it for not paying the rent (property taxes).  The answer is no.  I hope measure 2 passes.  If it does not only will it be a win for North Dakotans, it will be a win for liberty.

  Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • RandyG May 30, 2012 at 4:11 AM

    My gut says it goes down in flames, but not with my vote.
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    • John Carey May 30, 2012 at 5:41 AM

      Like I said, there are powerful forces working hard to convince the people that life as they know it will end if they eliminate property taxes. What’s really sad is we’ve been so conditioned to accept these taxes, we actually feel guilty about getting rid of them. Isn’t that crazy?
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  • Steve Dennis May 30, 2012 at 4:57 AM

    Good luck John! I hope the people don’t give into the scare tactics that are being thrown at them.
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    • John Carey May 30, 2012 at 5:42 AM

      Randy is more than likely right. Measure 2 will go down because people are afraid of the unknown. People don’t know what to do with liberty when they actually have an opportunity to take it back.
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  • Infidel de Manahatta May 30, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    It’s a interesting proposition. It would be nice if it passed.
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  • Charlene May 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Thank you John for writing about our Measure 2. If you believe the polls being done by the largest paper in ND (where 48% of the respondents had 4 or more yrs college, thought in the general ND population it’s only 22% and all “undecided” responses were disallowed.) then yes, this is going down to flaming defeat. But our polls show that in groups such as those with 2yr college or less, earning $40-70K, have children, younger than 50, we poll between 60-70%. According to our polls 14% are undecided and both polls show that the more people know about the measure the more likely they are to vote YES. This is still anyone’s game, definitely too close to call.

    If we only joined the fights we were sure to win we would still be under a King’s (or Queen’s) ) rule. As John has already alluded to, this is just the beginning. ND is the Lexington and Concord of the Property Tax Revolution. Anyone in any state can help by visiting our website, liking our Facebook page, sharing our videos with everyone and donating. We have about $15K to spend for every $1 million our opposition has. Yes, we are THAT outspent and we are still holding our own in the polls. So imagine what we could do if we got some serious donations.

  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire May 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Yes!!! This is was I was talking about when I suggestedd we needed a red-statte rebellion. I sure hope the people of North Dakota are brave enough to trust freedom. Property taxes and death taxes are the two most henious ways for governments to raise money that I know of. My own personal preference is that governments should be funded primarily from consumption taxes. God luck, John! I will be praying for the people of North Dakota.

    • John Carey May 31, 2012 at 5:40 AM

      Thanks Jim. I’m with you, it’s an opportunity for people to embrace liberty and take control of their lives again. It starts and ends with taxes. I’ll say it again, one of the easiest ways a government can regulate the lives of it citizens is through taxes and property tax is just on arm of the whole body of taxes.
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  • Susan Beehler May 30, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Many states have a “circuit breaker”, in North Dakota we are just taxed out of our homes. Our homestead credit for the elderly; my 84 mother-in-law can’t even qualify for. Audrey has been forced to choose between property tax or cancer treatments. See her at

    • John Carey May 31, 2012 at 6:25 AM

      And that is that sad state of affairs we’re in. Having to choose between two unalienable rights because one has been taxed by the government. I thought government was to established to secure the blessings of liberty not tax them out of existence.
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  • Jefferson_Lives June 3, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    I really hope this passes, it would truly be the start of a revolution. However, it seems that the opposition has outnumbered and likely outmanuvered this initiative. They have all the State run media outlets trying to scare the crap out of all the residents of ND….if only people realized that property taxes are an infringment on property rights straight out of the Communist Manifesto. Come on ND, take a chance on liberty. I predict that if ND were to pass this measure, the State would see the largest influx of jobs and people from around the country in the history of the country if not the history of the world. There would be real prosperity and savings, families would flourish, government would have to shrink…hence the reason they are kicking and screaming. I am glad that the measure made it to the ballot, its a win in that regard. No matter what we keep trying and keep educating people about what this means. Good luck, and someone ought to ask the DailyPaul and other influencial sites to remind their people about this vote so we can get mobilized.

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  • David June 10, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    North Dakota, we’re with you! We’re attempting the same thing in Pennsylvania but in a different manner. We pray that you’re successful both for your sake and to set a precedent for our efforts. We’re at