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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rick Clayburgh, Tax Commissioner 701-328-2770
August 1, 2002 Marcy Dickerson, State Supervisor of Assessments, 701-328-3128

Board of Equalization to Hold Tax Assessment Hearings

BISMARCK --- Tax Commissioner Rick Clayburgh announced today that electric and gas companies, railroads, airlines, and pipelines will all have a chance to discuss tentative property tax assessments with the State Board of Equalization. The State Board of Equalization will hold the public hearing on August 6 as they review those companies’ tentative property tax assessments.

For 2002, the total tentative taxable value of these combined companies’ operating properties in North Dakota is $89,306,550, down 0.2 percent from $89,469,210 in 2001.

“These tax dollars go to support local government,” said Clayburgh. “Schools, cities, park districts, counties and townships receive a percentage of the revenue from these taxes.”

By type of company, the tentative taxable values for 2002 as compared to 2001 assessments are as follows:

2001 Taxable Valuation 2002 Taxable Valuation % Change
Electric & Gas $18.87 million $17.57 million - 6.90
Railroads 17.27 million 17.60 million + 1.91
Air Transportation Companies 0.44 million 0.44 million + .79
Pipelines 49.5 million 50.55 million + 2.12
Carbon Dioxide Pipeline 3.38 million 3.14 million - 7.18

The Board will meet at 4:00 p.m., on Tuesday August 6, at the State Capitol in the 8th floor Conference Room of the Office of State Tax Commissioner.

Clayburgh said, “A hearing on the valuation of the electric and gas companies, railroads, airlines, and pipelines and on the telecommunications gross receipts tax is included in the agenda.” Clayburgh added, “We will discuss local assessments for residential, commercial and agricultural properties during another meeting.”

The State Board of Equalization will conduct a final review and hold a public hearing on those local assessments on August 13. The Board consists of the Governor (chairman), Tax Commissioner (secretary), Agriculture Commissioner, State Auditor, and State Treasurer.

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