What are special assessments?

A special assessment is a charge imposed on properties for a particular improvement that benefits the owners of those selected properties. They are a levy a city uses to finance, or partially finance, a particular public improvement. The amount of the charge bears a direct relationship to the value of the benefit the property receives. 

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1. What are special assessments?
2. When is the assessment placed on my property?
3. For roadway rehabilitation projects, why does the city levy the assessments for the project before it starts?
4. What is the term of my assessment?
5. Can I defer the assessment?
6. What are the payment options?