A proposal to change the way in which the building and maintenance of K-12 schools in the state are done died a quick death in the North Dakota House today. I first wrote about House Bill 1525 last month. That was followed up by a guest article on the topic and then another on the School Lands Board taking the lazy way out by not submitting a true fiscal note on the bill to the House Education Committee.
After seeing the fiscal note fiasco and how the committee handled the bill with a Do Not Pass recommendation, it came as no surprise today when it was defeated by a vote of 17-75. As Rep. Larry Bellew (R – District 38) — who was also the primary sponsor of the bill — eluded to in his comments on the floor today, HB 1525 wasn’t exactly represented fairly in the way it was carried to the floor. I won’t bother going over all the specifics of the bill. I’ve given them to you in previous articles. But suffice it to say that the vast majority of our state lawmakers are satisfied with the status quo in education funding— which means continuing to pillage property owners.
There are some important points to be had from the comments made on the floor today. But I think those can be addressed in the much larger picture of education funding and property tax going forward. And I most certainly hope to do that.
For now, if you’re interested, you can view the floor debate here. Otherwise, forget about true property tax relief, because this legislature isn’t interested in providing that anymore than they are true local control over education.