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Rauschenberger appointed ND tax commissioner

BISMARCK — Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Deputy Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger on Friday to serve the remainder of current commissioner Cory Fong's term.

Fong announced last month that he would resign at the end of the year to work for a Bismarck-based advertising agency. His term expires in a year.

Rauschenberger has served as the state's deputy tax commissioner since 1999. His duties include leading the agency's policy analysis and tax research team.

Dalrymple said Rauschenberger was a clear choice to run the department and “will hit the ground running.”

Rauschenberger is the son of Ron Rauschenberger, Dalrymple's chief of staff.

Fong had held the position since 2005, when he was appointed by then-Gov. John Hoeven. Fong ran Hoeven's successful re-election campaign a year earlier. Fong won elections in 2006 and 2010.

The North Dakota Tax Department has 134 employees and a two-year budget of $57 million. The tax commissioner is paid $105,050 annually.

The Tax Department collects an assortment of state taxes, including taxes on income, sales, alcohol, tobacco, motor fuels, oil, natural gas, coal, telecommunications and financial institutions. It administers a homestead tax credit that benefits homeowners and renters who are disabled, or who have low incomes and are at least 65 years old.