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Port: Mayor disappointed he won’t get to keep jacking up fees for people who can’t vote against him

Mayor Shaun Sipma
Gov. Doug Burgum, right, speaks with Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford as they walk down Second Avenue with Mayor Shaun Sipma, left. Minot Daily News photo
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“We’re deeply disappointed by the sole action of Representative Dan Ruby for making this local control matter a State issue,” Mayor Shaun Sipma says.

Sipma is responding to legislation passed in Bismarck this session which restricts the ability of cities to charge citizens in extraterritorial zoning areas more for building permits. The genesis for the legislation was a situation which saw the City of Minot  charging a woman double  for a building permit.

The woman, Patti Eisenzimmer, is not a citizen of Minot. She cannot vote in city elections. But she does live in the city’s extraterritorial zoning area, and so is obligated to pay the city for building permits and abide by other regulations the city applies to the jurisdiction.

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