The state Tax Department is trying to hire sales tax auditors in Dickinson and Minot.
But so far, the Department hasn’t had a lot of luck.
"Part of it is wages," said Tax Commissioner Cory Fong. "In some cases, we're competing with other state agencies that can offer more money. We're also competing with the private sector."
Fong also said cost-of-living is an issue. He said housing shortages in the two cities has become a major issue."
"You almost have to look for people who already have a place to live," Fong said. "That limits your pool, you know."