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Local business, civic leaders found opposition group to property tax ban

FARGO - Local business and civic leaders packed the James Carlson Public Library here this afternoon for the founding of Keep It Local North Dakota, a coalition opposed to a proposed state constitutional amendment.

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FARGO - Local business and civic leaders packed the James Carlson Public Library here this afternoon for the founding of Keep It Local North Dakota, a coalition opposed to a proposed state constitutional amendment.

Measure 2, which will be on the June primary election ballot, would amend North Dakota's constitution by eliminating property taxes.

The measure would then give the state Legislature authority to offset the lost revenue from other sources, which coalition officials said would take away local control of spending.

Keep It Local North Dakota is comprised of 55 organizations representing more than 200,000 people throughout the state, said Andy Peterson, president of the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce.

"(The measure) is a tax shift, not a tax savings," Peterson said.

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