The assessment policy is adopted annually, generally in December, by the Finance Committee. Public Works related assessments apply to the following construction projects:
Asphalt Paving/Reconstruction, Concrete Paving/Reconstruction, Detention Basins, New Subdivision, Grading and Graveling, Sanitary Sewer Construction/Reconstruction, Sanitary Sewer Laterals, Sidewalk Construction/Replacement, Storm Sewer Construction/Reconstruction, Storm Sewer Laterals (Commercial Only), Water Main Construction (New Only).
With the exception of the area assessment for sanitary sewer interceptors and storm sewers in new subdivisions, and required stormwater detention facilities, assessments are charged based on front footage. Residential properties typically receive a discount for multiple frontages. Work on frontages where access is prohibited is not assessed against the property.
Asphalt and concrete paving, sidewalks, sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and water mains are included in the Department's capital improvement plan. This plan shows intended improvements for a five year period and provides the first public notice that work is anticipated. Affected property owners are sent a letter notifying them of the proposed project, assessments, and of the public hearing on assessments held by City Common Council.
Concrete reconstruction projects have several additional steps in the assessment process. Property owners are notified of the intent to proceed with a project and invited to an informational meeting. A design hearing is then held by the Municipal Services Committee. From that point, the process continues similar to that for other projects.
Any appeals or requests for modification to assessments must be directed to the Finance Committee for consideration.
2020 Assessment Policy