A permanent shift in state property tax relief policy is navigating through the Legislature in a difficult budget climate: a proposed state takeover of county social services funding.
During the interim, a formula for the state taking on all funding and eliminating the 20-mill cap for social services to each county was developed. A legislative committee based the formula on K-12 funding passed in 2013.
The proposed formula could be a tough sell but, if approved, would provide reimbursement to counties based on such factors as total caseload, the county’s size and inflation.
The cost estimate for the 2017-19 biennium in Gov. Doug Burgum’s budget is about $275 million. Payments to counties would be made twice a year under the proposal.