special assessment


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 In addition to supervised release following the completion of his sentence, Delgado will have to participate in an alcohol treatment program and mental health treatment, as well as pay $800 for a special assessment. Fox News, "Ex-Texas judge who took bribes hidden in six-packs in exchange for favorable rulings gets prison time," 26 Sep. 2019 Briley said the Forestry Fund is generated through a special assessment on property owners and would have to be adjusted for additional money to be generated. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Cleveland Heights adopts ‘tight but balanced’ $45.5 million budget for 2020," 3 Dec. 2019 Funding for the Downtown District comes from a special assessment on all downtown property owners. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "‘A Night at Market Square’ celebrates downtown’s Historic District on Oct. 12," 3 Oct. 2019 All is being transformed by climate change, posing greater threats to life and human society than scientists had realized, according to a special assessment of climate science focused on oceans and ice released today by the United Nations. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "‘There’s no scenario that stops sea level rise in this century,’ dire U.N. climate report warns," 25 Sep. 2019 These special assessments were certified as a means of protecting and benefiting bondholders in paying off the debt. cleveland.com, "University Heights mayor says process of redeveloping University Square has begun," 3 July 2019 If approved, the special assessment will go into effect Oct. 1. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Residents ask Casselberry to ‘build a wall’ in their neighborhood," 3 July 2019 The majority of the city’s revenue stream — about $48 million — comes primarily from taxes and special assessments. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Marcos set to vote on $77 million budget," 10 June 2018 Otherwise, there will be a large special assessment or the condo will need a bank loan — or both. Benny L. Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Wondering why your condo assessments keep going up? Here's how to find out.," 26 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of special assessment

1875, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jan 2020

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“Special assessment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20assessment. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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