special assessment

noun

Definition of special assessment

: a specific tax levied on private property to meet the cost of public improvements that enhance the value of the property

Examples of special assessment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The transit group’s plan — to be unveiled this week — calls for $1 billion in federal funding, plus hundreds of millions more from special assessment districts, sales taxes and tax increment financing. David Wickert, ajc, "Group unveils $2.5 billion Atlanta Beltline transit plan," 27 Jan. 2021 The agenda made no mention of a special assessment. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "'Shocked, scared': A $7,500 HOA assessment is forcing some Tempe condo owners to move," 17 Oct. 2020 After accepting the guilty plea Monday, U.S. Magistrate Michael Berg ordered the business to pay a $500,000 fine plus a special assessment penalty of more than $25,000. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Zion Market pleads guilty to longtime practice of hiring undocumented workers," 21 Dec. 2020 The task force is funded by a $350 special assessment on property owners along the lakes, with an $88 fee for nearby property owners off the lake, that will start beginning on winter 2021 tax bills. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Lakefront owners group takes failed Midland dams from controversial owner in settlement," 19 Nov. 2020 The new apartment owner appears to be within its rights to levy a special assessment under the HOA's governing documents. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "'Shocked, scared': A $7,500 HOA assessment is forcing some Tempe condo owners to move," 17 Oct. 2020 Silverthorne said the couple received a letter in May from the developer, T.J. Ackermann of East End Development LLC, requesting their signatures on a petition asking the city of Cincinnati to approve the special assessment. Randy Tucker, The Enquirer, "Homearama homeowners face $10,000-a-year special assessment," 3 Nov. 2020 Each of them is also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee. Mike Cruz, The Arizona Republic, "3 sentenced for conspiring to sell jewelry as made by Native Americans," 7 Oct. 2020 Hilliard was also ordered to pay $88,476 as restitution to five victims and a $5,000 special assessment fee. Michael Banks Gaston Gazette, Gastonia, al, "Man gets 35 years in prison for filming girls on yacht in Alabama, Carolinas," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of special assessment

1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Special assessment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20assessment. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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special assessment

noun

Legal Definition of special assessment

: a specific tax levied on private property to meet the cost of public improvements that provide a special benefit enhancing the value of the property

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