Some ND counties seeing high property tax increases

BISMARCK, N.D. - If you've received your property tax bill in the mail, you may have noticed an increase.

That's because the state legislature eliminated a 12 percent property tax credit it once had in place.

However, North Dakota Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says some of that will be offset by the legislature paying for county social services with state tax money instead of county money.

In Bismarck, property owners will pay 10.77 percent more.

In the past, the property tax you paid would go to a number of different county services including social services. Now statewide tax money will be used to pay for county social services.

"The key is, they just didn't eliminate the 12 percent and that's it, they did backfill. The legislature backfilled and provided property tax relief in a different fashion even though it may not equal the full 12-percent," said Rauschenberger.

Depending on how much money your property tax was going toward social services is how much you will get discounted.

"The state is still providing about a 35-37 percent depending on where you live providing a 35-37 percent property tax relief on your bills go on and look at legislative tax relief," said Rauschenberger.

For example, Burleigh County will get discounted 6.9, Morton 6.7, Ward, 7.8 and Williams 4.9 percent.

Thursday the state legislature's taxation committee will meet to discuss city and counties property systems.