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a. First quarter is from six a.m. to twelve noon and the sum must be $6.00. First quarter reimbursement may not be made if travel began after seven a.m.
b. Second quarter is from twelve noon to six p.m. and the sum must be $9.00.
c. Third quarter is from six p.m. to twelve midnight and the sum must be $15.00.d. Fourth quarter is from twelve midnight to six a.m. and the sum must be the actual lodging expenses not to exceed an amount established by policy by the director of the office of management and budget plus any additional state or local taxes. Political subdivisions may reimburse their officials and employees for actual lodging expenses beyond the state rate if they have the required lodging receipt.
The allowance for out-of-state meals is based on a per diem rate for that particular city. The allowance for lodging outside the state must be the actual lodging expense.
Reimbursement is allowed only for overnight travel, or other travel, away from the normal place of employment, for four hours or more. Verification of expenses by receipt is required only for lodging expenses. (NDCC 44-08-04)
Most cities follow the state mileage reimbursement rates for use of personal vehicle when traveling for city business. That rate is set by rules established by the director of the office of management and budget. (NDCC 54-06-09)
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.
Section 11 of article X of the Constitution of North Dakota states, “Revenue from gasoline and other motor fuel excise and license taxation, motor vehicle registration and license taxes, except revenue from aviation gasoline and unclaimed aviation motor fuel refunds and other aviation motor fuel excise and license taxation used by aircraft, after deduction of cost of administration and collection authorized by legislative appropriation only, and statutory refunds, shall be appropriated and used solely for construction, reconstruction, repair and maintenance of public highways, and the payment of obligations incurred in the construction, reconstruction, repair and maintenance of public highways.”
If the vacancy occurs in the office of mayor, the city council may call a special election to fill such vacancy for the unexpired term or may, after fifteen days from the date of such vacancy, elect one of its own members to act as mayor until the next election. Upon petition of five percent of the qualified electors, the council shall call a special election to fill a vacancy occurring more then six months prior to the next city election, provided such petition is submitted within fifteen days of the date of such vacancy. During the interim between the date when a vacancy occurs and qualification of a successor, the president of the city council shall be the acting mayor. (NDCC 40-08-16)
If a vacancy occurs in the office of a city commissioner or president of the board of city commissioners, the board may call a special election to fill such vacancy for the unexpired term, or may, after fifteen days from the date of such vacancy appoint a person to fill such vacancy until the next city election, at which election the unexpired term shall be filled. Upon petition of five percent of the qualified electors, the commission shall call a special city election to fill a vacancy occurring more than six months prior to the next city election, provided such petition has been submitted within fifteen days of the date of such vacancy. (NDCC 40-09-10)