SPECIAL ASSESSMENTS

Fargo City Commissioners Spar Over Special Assessment Policy

The city commission will make the final decision on any changes

FARGO, N.D. — By a 3 to 2 vote, Fargo City Commissioners agreed to have city staff evaluate and come up with a revised draft for a new city special assessment policy. The roll call vote came after some heated discussion. “I have had people pose questions, ‘is what you do this way perfectly legal?’, said Fargo City Commissioner John…

Fargo Special Assessments Task Force Asks for Homeowners to Voice Concerns

they changed the cost share from 50-50 to 70-30 so property owners are paying less

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo homeowners have two opportunities this week to let the city know what they think about special assessment processes and funding strategies. The city’s Special Assessments Taskforce was founded last August to review and change the policy that hadn’t been changed since 2003. They are presenting the ideas they have come up with that will help reduce…

Special Assesssment Survey: West Fargoans Not in Favor of Paying More

WEST FARGO, N.D. – People in West Fargo do not want to pay more in property taxes to cover infrastructure projects. That is one of the findings from the city’s Special Assessment Community Forums. The results were shared during a special meeting of the West Fargo City Commission. Of the nearly 400 survey responses, around half agreed that they would be…

West Fargo To Unveil Final Results & Recommendations From Special Assessment Forums

A special meeting of the West Fargo City Commission will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday

WEST FARGO, ND — West Fargo got people’s opinions on special assessments, now those opinions and recommendations are going to be made public. A special meeting of the West Fargo City Commission will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday. City staff will present the final results and recommendations of the Special Assessment Community Forums. The meeting is open to the public…

West Fargo To Begin Special Assessment Forums This Month

The next one will be next Thursday at Faith United Methodist Church.

WEST FARGO, N.D. — West Fargo begins one of five special assessment forums during January. Special assessments are commonly used to help fund infrastructure projects. Each session will educate people and businesses about what the purpose of the assessments are and how they can use them to give feedback about what’s going on in the community. After a presentation, attendees…

Fargo Finance Director Outlines Several Options To Lower Special Assessments

The task force was formed after property owners complained about high tax bills

FARGO, N.D. — The Special Assessment Task Force takes a detailed look at the city of Fargo’s finances and spending. City Finance Director Kent Costin outlined nearly a dozen major and minor options to lower the cost of special assessments. That includes additional changes to reduce the cost share for taxpayers. It could also include incremental adjustments to replace assessment revenue,…

The City of Fargo Special Assessment Task Force Holds Second Meeting

The task force focused on the legal perspective when it comes to constructing both new and existing infrastructure

FARGO– The City of Fargo Special Assessment Task Force held its second meeting this morning. The meeting started off with an in-depth presentation on the history of special assessments, including both the advantages and disadvantages. The task force focused on the legal perspective when it comes to constructing both new and existing infrastructure. The group discussed the need for legislator…

West Fargo City Commission Mulls Annexation of Land Owned by Bonanzaville, Red River Valley Fair

The proposed takeover would mean operators would have to pay for special assessments

WEST FARGO, N.D. — A West Fargo city commissioner called for the city to annex the land owned by Bonanzaville and the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. Eric Gjerdevig wants the operators of Bonanzaville and the fairgrounds to help pay for the city’s special assessment projects. He says having both attractions help pay for special assessments should take some weight off the…

Special Assessment Task Force Filled With 13 Members

Recommendations will go to the city commission in December

Fargo City CommissionFARGO, N.D. — Thirteen people have been named to Fargo’s newly formed Special Assessment Task force. City Commissioners voted unanimously to set up the committee last month to review, study, and recommend “innovative” financing options to pay for city infrastructure. The move came as a result of public backlash about high specials assessed after the city changed the…

Fargo City Commissioners Agree To Revert To 70-30 Share On Special Assessments

The change means those paying the higher specials will see their assessment drop

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo’s special assessment structure is under fire by taxpayers and has become the number one issue leading up to the June election. City commissioners voted unanimously Monday to rescind the current cost share policy for street, water and sewer line projects. Commissioner Tony Grindberg offered the motion to revert to a 2013 policy that had taxpayers picking…