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

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Owners may also face special assessments to cover repairs or damage from natural disasters. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "How not to inherit mom’s timeshare | Liz Weston," 1 Oct. 2018 His son faces up to to life in prison, up to $250,000 in fines and between five years and a lifetime of supervised release after imprisonment and a mandatory $100 special assessment. Fox News, "Son of former Louisiana chief justice charged with sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl," 27 Sep. 2018 As for him, Levin has been running Lean & Green Michigan, which helps municipalities set up special assessment districts through which businesses — which pay the assessments — can get long-term, low-cost loans to make energy-use improvements. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Andy Levin looks to take dad Sander Levin's seat in Congress," 13 July 2018 Other suggestions included developer in-kind improvements, tax increment financing, as the site is within existing TIF boundaries, special assessment bonds, and grants and loans from the federal or state Environmental Protection Agency, Smith said. Ese Olumhense, chicagotribune.com, "North Branch Park project could cost up to $200 million, backers say," 29 June 2018 School officials contend that as a state government entity, UMKC is not required to pay a special assessment. Bill Turque, kansascity, "Taxes for KC Streetcar extension to UMKC approved by wide margin in mail-in ballots," 20 June 2018 The non-profit BID has an annual budget of $511,331 and will be bankrolled by special assessments levied on the properties within the District. Rene Rodriguez And Kyra Gurney, miamiherald, "After decades of neglect, South Beach's Washington Avenue is getting a major renovation | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Other possibilities include rental car fees, room taxes, special assessment districts for businesses, and emission fees. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Hey Boise: Salt Lake City has commuter rail, buses people use, and lessons for you," 10 June 2018 When his association levied a special assessment, a reader of this column was unhappy to learn he was charged 20 percent more than his upstairs neighbors. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "Have a condo? Pay attention to percentage ownership," 17 Oct. 2017

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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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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