Assessment Process

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What are the procedures for approving an assessment?

The procedures to approve – or levy – special assessments, nuisance abatements or unpaid city charges include:

Preparing the Proposed Assessment Roll

City staff calculate the proper amount to be assessed against each property and prepare a list (the assessment roll) of all properties to be assessed under the project.

Notice of the City Council public hearing on the proposed assessment

Notice must appear in a newspaper or publication such as the Post Bulletin. The City must also mail notice to each affected property owner at least two weeks prior to the hearing date.

City Council Public Hearing on the proposed assessment

The hearing gives affected property owners an opportunity to voice their opinions about their proposed assessment. After all testimony is received, the City Council usually closes the public hearing and immediately votes on the assessment. Occasionally, the hearing or the assessment vote is laid over to a future meeting.
** See information on http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/city-clerk/assessments/payment-options regarding Adopted Status Assessments.

Appealing the Assessment

See Appeals

Approval of the Assessment

After the assessment has been levied by the City Council, city staff mail invoices to the affected property owners. Owners have 30 days to pay the assessment without interest, unless an agreement was signed that states otherwise. After 30 days, interest may will begin to accrue going back to the date that the assessment was approved by the City Council. If there is an agreement on file regarding assessments no invoice will be sent but is payable and interest will start accruing.

Applying for Deferral of the Assessment

See Deferral of Special Assessments Due to Age, Disability or Military Service

Certification to Property Taxes

At the end of each calendar year the City is required to “certify” to Olmsted County a calculated amount of principal and interest owed by any property with unpaid city assessments that have been levied by the City Council. This amount is placed on the county property tax statement mailed to each property owner the following spring.