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Going head to head on taxes: Property tax emerges as key issue as tax commissioner hopefuls kick off campaigns


BISMARCK — Property taxes are handled at the local level, but they quickly emerged Wednesday as a major issue in the statewide race for North Dakota tax commissioner.

Recently appointed Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger, a Republican, and Fargo attorney Jason Astrup of the Democratic-NPL Party both announced Wednesday in Bismarck and Fargo that they will seek their party’s endorsement at state conventions this spring.

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Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.