It took a couple weeks, but statewide media is finally catching on to the warnings we have been sending out: property taxes are going up!
Cass County Auditor Michael Montplaisir predicted an 8.5 to 9 percent increase on residential property tax bills under the legislative changes, assuming everything else stays the same.
“At this point, we don’t really know,” he said. “We haven’t gone through the budget process.”
Kevin Glatt, the Burleigh County auditor, said he expects tax bills on residential property in the city of Bismarck to rise by about 7 percent under the legislative changes alone. Grand Forks County Auditor Debbie Nelson estimated the same figure for all property types in the city of Grand Forks.
As we warned you previously (read below) the basic math shows that in all likelihood the average property owner will see about a 10% increase in property taxes.
Most North Dakotans can expect this one action to result in a 5-7% increase in their property tax bill; however that is not the only thing that will happen on property taxes
Every year, most people pay 4-6% more on property taxes due to their valuations increasing, and their local governments not reducing mill levies enough to balance that valuation increase.
On top of that, local government will use these state spending cuts as an excuse to raise local property taxes. That will vary by location, some property owners will be better off than others, but realistically this could result in another 4-8% increase in property taxes for a lot of people.
Taken together, these three pieces of property tax impact will likely result in a 10% average increase of property taxes statewide; with some people seeing as much as 15-18% increase.
It is good to know statewide media to actually looking at this, the public needs to know what is coming at them.