CHICAGO — North Dakota public finance officials will halt all local general obligation bond deals conducted through the state starting Jan. 1 for at least the next six months as they await the outcome of a controversial measure to abolish property taxes. 

The looming moratorium on local GO borrowing has sparked a small rush to market in December among governments that were planning to issue bonds to finance recovery efforts from last spring’s destructive floods or to finance new school buildings to accommodate a spike in enrollment prompted by the state’s oil boom.

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