Monday, March 23, 2015

County Auditors Oppose "Mills to Cents" bill

Grand Forks County Finance Director Debbie Nelson testifies before Senate Finance & Tax committee
Auditors, Treasurers & County Commissioner attend "Mills to Cents" hearing
Auditors from across the state filled the room to show opposition to HB 1055 Monday during the hearing before the Senate Finance and Tax committee.  The bill attempts to clarify for tax payers how taxes are calculated by using cents per dollar and percentages of value rather than mill levies applied to taxable valuation. Auditors are say this will be a costly, intensive process and they are not convinced this will accomplish what the bill sets out to do.
Grand Forks Auditor Debbie Nelson pointed out one of the 15 errors auditors and NDACo have identified in the bill. Auditor Linda Svihovec told  legislators about the several changes recently implemented or in the works like the uniform tax statement and the Governor's Property Tax Reform plan. Svihovec said those improvements to the tax system need time work.
The Senate Finance & Tax committee did not take action on the bill Monday.

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