Double the fee


A property owner says she’s paying twice what people pay just a couple of miles away for additions to her property.

And she is asking the city of Minot to change its policy.
Reporter Nathalie Gomez looks into the complaint.

“We are more or less double charged we get 100 percent surcharge on any building permits that are requested,” said property owner Patti Eisenzimmer.

Patti Eisenzimmer says she’s not alone in her anger at the city of Minot’s policy on building permit fees.

“You have numerous townships where there is quite a few property owners,” said Eisenzimmer.

Her complaint centers on city policy to double to building permit fee for people living outside city limits, but within two miles of the boundary.

“It could be a shop it could be a barn it could be anything if you’re adding on to your house you have to go to the city and get building permits,” said Eisenzimmer.

For example, she says an addition to a house costing $50,000 would mean a $500 fee for her – but only $250 if she lived within city limits.

“This is something that needs to be re-looked into if it was implemented over 30 years ago,” said Eisenzimmer.

Nathalie Gomez reporting: Eisenzimmer says residents who live outside of the city don’t benefit from city services but still have to pay permit fees that are double what they are within city limits”. 

“Folks that live outside city limits they don’t pay city of Minot property taxes they pay Ward County,” said city engineer Lance Meyer. 

City Engineer Lance Meyer says along with that, there are extra expenses in having city workers travel outside city limits but he understands the frustrations for Eisenzimmer and others, and says the city is currently working on a new system to make the charges more fair.

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