Special assessment financing is a method established in Chapter 40 of the North Dakota Century Code utilized by the City of West Fargo to allocate the costs of an improvement project to property owners that benefit from the infrastructure.
Examples of projects that most likely utilize special assessment financing are water lines and storage, sewer lines, storm sewer, road and sidewalk paving, and flood protection.
Balances of special assessments and other special assessment information for specific properties can be viewed on the City Assessor's Property Database. To inquire about pending special assessments contact Dustin Scott, City Engineer. Only special assessments that have been certified can be paid off. Pending special assessments are estimates only and cannot be paid off until they become certified.
In 2019, the City of West Fargo hosted five Special Assessment Forums to provide information on special assessments and an opportunity for West Fargo property owners to provide input.
During the events, attendees were given an overview of the special assessment process and the city’s financing strategies. The event then broke out into small groups to give residents the opportunity to provide feedback.
The final survey results were presented to the City Commission during a special meeting. The results and staff recommendations are now available.