Oklahoma has been an oil state for awhile now, the boom/bust cycle of oil/gas isn't something to base long term budgets on. Alaska is different because the oil is plentiful, the population slight, 1 million or so in the entire state, and the kickback from the feds amazing. Alaska is a true socialist state.
I can see where a few right wingnuts see property tax as renting from the state. But the real deal is the tax pays for schools, roads, emts and fire depts. If a fellow can't make the property tax payment he has far more financial trouble than just the tax. Around here the very old complain about property taxes, they don't have kids in the school system and they think the gravel roads are maintained by magic. They don't like the sheriff's deputies, and think the ambulance service is done by volunteers and the annual calf fry pays all the operating costs.
Here in Oklahoma we have seen the boom bust of oil. While we didn't work it out 100% the surplus going into our rainy day fund is more to the point than cutting off revenue while times are good to have no reserve when times are lean.
It is good to see N.D. is smarter than the average anti-govt/tax teabag whiner. Create a rainy day fund because oil royalties, and taxes are like a hooker's promise.