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Audits, Banking and Investments

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1. What steps does the city need to take when changing banks so that wire transfers from state agencies can be received in a timely manner?
2. How often is our city required to have an audit?
3. What type of investments may a city make?

Board of Equalization

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1. What are the duties of the city auditor with regard to the board of equalization?
2. What are the duties of the city board of equalization?
3. When does the city board of equalization meet?
4. Who is on the city board of equalization?

Budget

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1. What time period is covered in a city’s fiscal year for budget purposes?
2. When is the city’s deadline for preparing a preliminary budget?
3. What is included in the preliminary budget?
4. Does a city have to show individual employee salaries on our preliminary budget?
5. What type of notice is required relating to the preliminary budget?
6. When is the final budget hearing held?
7. Is there a limit on the amount of mills a city can levy for the general fund?
8. Are any levies allowed besides the general fund levy?
9. Does a city need to provide public notice if it plans to impose a property tax levy in a greater number of mills than a zero increase number of mills?
10. What is procedure for adopting the final budget levy?
11. What is the deadline for submitting the final budget and tax levy?
12. What happens to the final budget after it is adopted?

City Ordinances

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1. How can we be sure that the proper procedures were used in adopting our old ordinances?
2. How many meetings are required for the passage of a city ordinance?
3. How many votes are required to pass an ordinance?
4. Is any specific form required for a city ordinance?
5. Is it possible to veto an ordinance?
6. Under what circumstances do we need to publish our city ordinances?
7. What can we do to require property owners to remove snow from sidewalks in our city?

General City Questions

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1. How is the State Aid Distribution Fund allocated?
2. What are the expense allowance rates for travel by city elected officials and employees?
3. What are the largest sources of state revenue to cities?
4. What are the restrictions on the use of funds cities receive through the highway tax distribution fund?
5. What is the city's responsibility for paying city employees who are on military leave?
6. What is the procedure for filling a vacancy on the city governing board?
7. When do laws passed during the North Dakota legislative session become effective?
8. When is a city required to get bids on a public construction project?
9. Can a city's governing board spend public money on advocating for or against a ballot measure?
10. What information needs to be in a city governing body's meeting minutes when they are published in the newspaper?
11. If a city's governing body's minutes are published in the newspaper, when do the minutes need to be provided to the newspaper?
12. Is it permissible for the city governing body to transfer money out of the municipal utilities fund?
13. What procedures must the city follow in order to sell property?
14. When is a city required to obtain bids for a project?
15. What can a city governing board do to get property owners to remove snow from sidewalks in the city?
16. Our city is interested in purchasing water from a rural water system. Does the city governing board need voter approval?

Main

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1. How do I contact the North Dakota League of Cities?
2. Where can I find the answers to my frequently asked questions?

Open Meetings & Records

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1. What do I need to know about the open records and meetings laws?
2. What can happen if we violate the law?
3. You mean I can be charged with a crime for violating the open records and meetings laws?
4. What is a "meeting?"
5. Are committees required to be open?
6. How can we properly hold a closed meeting?
7. When is notice required?
8. What are we supposed to do with a meeting notice?
9. Can we add items to the agenda of a meeting?
10. Is everything in a government office a "record"?
11. What are we supposed to do when we receive a request for records?
12. How can we properly deny a request for records?
13. Can we require requesters to identify themselves and explain why they want the requested records, or at least make them put the request in writing?
14. Are we required to give unsupervised access to open records?
15. Do we have to make copies of records and mail the records to the requester?
16. What can we charge if a person requests records?
17. Do we have to separate non-public information from public information?
18. What are North Dakota open meetings law?
19. When do North Dakota open meeting laws apply?
20. What does quorum mean?
21. What does public business mean?
22. Do open meeting laws apply to social gatherings where a quorum of board members are present?
23. Do open meeting laws apply to city council or city commission members attending an association meeting when either individual memebrs or the city council or city commission belongs to the association?
24. When do open meeting laws apply to a committee meeting?
25. If open meeting laws apply to a committee meeting, what additional requirements does the committee need to comply with?
26. Can a governing body make a decision by email in lieu of having an open meeting?

Park Board

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1. How is the amount of compensation for city governing board members determined?
2. May park board members be paid? If so, how much?
3. May the size of the park board be reduced?
4. What is the procedure for filling a vacancy on the park board?

Planning and Zoning

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1. What authority does a city have to extend the application of the city’s zoning regulations beyond the corporate limits of the city?

Special Assessments

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1. Are interest and penalties also added to special assessments?
2. What happens when the county treasurer receives a partial payment of taxes on a lot on which special assessments are also due?
3. Who receives the interest and penalties collected on special assessments?