Committee Hears Testimony On City Jurisdiction Bill

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Cities in North Dakota would not be allowed to charge higher rates for building permits granted outside city limits but within the city’s jurisdiction under a bill heard in committee today.

Minot Representative Dan Ruby introduced the bill requiring rates to be the same.

Patty Eisenzimmer, who lives inside Minot’s “ETA”, or extra-territorial area within a two-mile radius of the city limits, says she says it’s not fair to charge people more when they live so close to town.

(Patty Eisenzimmer, Lives Near Minot) “The majority of the property owners in the ETA do not receive garbage service, do not receive city sewer water, and we do not receive any other services from the city that we’re being charged for. I don’t think it’s justifiable.”

City officials say there are higher costs involved in permitting outside city limits.
The House committee took no action on the bill today.
 

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