What are the largest sources of state revenue to cities?
The two largest sources of state revenue to cities are the State Aid Distribution Fund and the Highway Tax Distribution Fund. Four-tenths of one cent of the state sales tax is distributed to cities and counties through the State Aid Distribution Fund. Of this amount, 46.3% of the revenues is allocated to cities each quarter according to population. (NDCC 57-39.2-26.1)

The Highway Tax Distribution Fund is comprised of collections of motor vehicle registration fees and fuel taxes. It is distributed on a percentage basis with 61.3% going to the state, 2.7% going to the township highway fund, 1.5 percent going to the public transportation fund, approximately 21.5% going to counties, and approximately 13% going to cities. (NDCC 54-27-19) The share that goes to counties and cities is first allocated to counties in proportion to the number of motor vehicle registrations credited to each county. The share that goes to cities is then distributed on the basis of the per capita population of all of the incorporated cities situated within the county as determined by the last official census. Therefore, your city’s revenue from the Highway Tax Distribution Fund will be impacted by changes in the number of motor vehicle registered within your county as well as changes in city population within your county. Check the June issue of CITYScan each year for the current revenue estimates.

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1. What procedures do we need to follow in order to vacate a street or alley?
2. What happens after a petition to vacate a street is filed?
3. If a city's governing body's minutes are published in the newspaper, when do the minutes need to be provided to the newspaper?
4. May the city governing body transfer money out of the municipal utilities fund to another fund?
5. How is the State Aid Distribution Fund allocated?
6. What are the expense allowance rates for travel by city elected officials and employees?
7. What are the largest sources of state revenue to cities?
8. What are the restrictions on the use of funds cities receive through the highway tax distribution fund?
9. What is the city's responsibility for paying city employees who are on military leave?
10. What is the procedure for filling a vacancy on the city governing board?
11. When do laws passed during the North Dakota legislative session become effective?
12. What is the city governing body in a commission or modern council city required to do when a referral petition is submitted?
13. What age must an individual be to be employed by a city or park district?
14. Are there restrictions on the type of work employees under 18 years of age can perform?
15. Are there restrictions on the hours that employees that are minors can work?
16. Are any additional notices required to be posted by employers of 14 and 15 year-old employees?
17. How is the city auditor appointed?
18. How long is the term of the city auditor?
19. How is a deputy auditor appointed?
20. What are the duties of the deputy auditor?
21. When is a city required to get bids on a public construction project?
22. What are cities' options if a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor?
23. What are a cities' options if a vacancy occurs in the office of a city commissioner or a city council member?
24. When may fireworks be sold under state law?
25. Does someone need to be a minimum age to purchase fireworks?
26. When do laws passed during the North Dakota legisltiave session become effective?
27. What can a city do about lots of tall grass and weeds?
28. What if the owner does not pay for the work done by the city under the grass and weed ordinance?
29. Can a city charge a fee for charitable gaming site aurthorization for bingo, quick shot bingo, raffles, calcuttas, pull tabs, punchboards, twenty-one, paddlewheels, poker or other sports?
30. When can city election candidates tart collecting signatures on their nominating petitions for the June election?
31. Where can city election candidates get nomination petition forms?