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February 10, 2020

State Auditor’s Office Completes Audit of State Agency Fees

Contact information: Brianna Ludwig, North Dakota State Auditor’s Office, 701-328-2241, bsludwig@nd.gov

State Auditor Joshua Gallion today released a state government-wide performance audit of North Dakota state agency fees, including the North Dakota University System.

This audit was done in conjunction with Senate Bill 2130 of the 66th Legislative Assembly. This bill requires a comprehensive study of North Dakota state agency fees. The Government Finance Committee is heading up this study with the purpose of reviewing these fees in detail to help the legislative assembly determine if the set amounts are appropriate. The State Auditor’s Office has compiled these approximately 1,200 fees in a spreadsheet and has supplied the Committee with the data to begin their study.

State Auditor Gallion commented, “This is our first attempt at collecting North Dakota state government fee data all in one place. In our effort of bringing transparency to state government, we plan to regularly update this information on our website as we conduct our biennial performance audits at each state agency.”

Some of the interesting fees include a wool dealer’s license at the Department of Agriculture, a resident husband/wife frog license and a commercial clam dealer’s permit at the Game and Fish Department. The oldest fee we located date back to 1893 at the Department of Financial Institutions for bank and trust assessments.                                 

For the full report and to access the complete listing of fees, visit https://www.nd.gov/auditor/state-fee-listing




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