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(1) All fees for services are payable upon receipt of a billing statement. The department may assess a collection fee of 18% annual percentage rate, or assess a minimum fee of $25, whichever is greater, for any payment amount not received on or before the last regular business day of each month. The department may require past due payment of fees prior to providing inspection services. The fees shall be as follows:

(a) Nursery stock certification, pursuant to 80-7-122, MCA:

(i) annual plant inspection certificates: $50; and

(ii) nursery tags: 15¢/tag - Nursery tags are issued provided that the commodity is inspected by the department. Costs for the inspection will be charged according to fees in this rule with a minimum $5 inspection fee.

(b) Annual clean plant and indexing certification, pursuant to 80-7-108, MCA, is $250.

(c) Other services:

(i) heat treatment certificates: $10; and

(ii) other documents of quarantine compliance: $10.

(d) The department charges for mileage, lodging, per diem, and an hourly rate for certain services to recover costs for expenses that exceed the fees established in (1)(a), (b), and (c). These charges are as follows:

(i) actual cost of trapping, survey, and treatment materials when requested by public or private persons when related to export certification, nursery certification, or nursery stock certification; and

(ii) hourly charge - $44 per hour with a one-hour minimum.

(e) Charges for lodging, meals, and mileage will be computed in accordance with rates established in 2-18-501, MCA.

History: 80-7-108, 80-7-122, MCA; IMP, 80-7-108, 80-7-110, 80-7-122, MCA; NEW, Eff. 10/5/75; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 24, Eff. 1/14/94; AMD, 2003 MAR p. 7, Eff. 1/17/03; AMD, 2012 MAR p. 496, Eff. 3/9/12; AMD, 2015 MAR p. 300, Eff. 3/27/15.

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