ND Senate leader: Look again at oil tax splits

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Posted: Jan 30, 2012 11:08 AM
ND Senate leader: Look again at oil tax splits

The North Dakota Senate's Republican majority leader says the Legislature needs to provide a greater share of state oil tax collections to local governments.

Rich Wardner of Dickinson is chairman of a committee that's looking into how oil tax revenues are split up.

North Dakota's oil production tax is now divided among the state and local governments.

But a number of county, city and school officials say the formula needs to be reworked to give local governments more money.

Wardner says it's clear that western North Dakota's oil boom has put a tremendous strain on local schools, roads and public works.

He says the Legislature will need to take a close look at how oil tax revenue is divided among the state and local governments.