North Dakota's Supreme Court had a tough review Tuesday of a lawsuit over the state's debate on whether to abolish property taxes.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Supreme Court had a tough review Tuesday of a lawsuit over the state's debate on whether to abolish property taxes.
The argument will be resolved next week, when voters decide the fate of Measure 2. It is a constitutional amendment to prohibit property taxes.
The amendment's supporters are suing Tax Commissioner Cory Fong and other public officials. They say the public officials are lying about the measure's consequences, and they're using taxpayer money to fight the proposal.
Bismarck attorney Lynn Boughey represents the backers of the amendment. He says North Dakota law prevents public officials from taking a stand on ballot initiatives.
Justice Dale Sandstrom says Boughey's view runs counter to free speech rights. He says more political debates would wind up in court.
(KFGO file photo)