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A special assessment is a charge imposed on a property for a specific improvement that benefits the property owner (such as a street improvement). It is used to partially finance a specific public improvement.
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Please refer to the assessment page for detailed information.
According to the Minnesota State Statues, the assessment amount cannot exceed the benefit to the property. Court cases have defined the benefit to be the increase in property value resulting from the improvements. The City hires an independent appraiser to determine the benefit amounts to your property.
The assessment hearing is an important meeting where the city council reviews the assessment roll. The assessment roll is the list of properties along with their respective assessment amounts. If the city council agrees with the list of properties and the amounts, they adopt the assessment roll and certify the list to Washington County for collection.
Yes, you would need to fill out an application and submit it to the Finance Director. The deferment only applies to the owner(s) who applied for the deferment. Once the property is sold the assessment then needs to be paid. A review of the hardship will be conducted every three to five years and may need to be reversed depending on the outcome of the review.