The process of specially assessing property for costs of a project can be both confusing and challenging. This two-part series will identify the ins and outs of raising money from those who benefit without burdening the general public. Examine the procedures and methods of using township special assessment laws to generate money for projects, such as streets, sidewalks, sewers, bike paths and emergency services. Review the special assessment process from start to finish, including the petition process, board resolutions, notice and public hearing requirements, confirmation of the assessment roll, appeals, and options for financing projects.
Steve Mann is an attorney with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC. He practices in the area of municipal finance, including municipal bonds, special assessments, tax increment finance, economic development, Brownfield redevelopment, and intergovernmental transactions. Steve is currently serving his third term on the board of trustees for the Charter Township of Plymouth in Wayne County. He is in his second term as trustee and previously served a term as township supervisor.
MTA offers numerous publications on a wide variety of topics. Should you wish to continue the learning process you may wish to purchase one or more of the following:
Special Assessments: A Technical Manual for Townships
Member: $35 Non-Member: $51
This manual, revised in 2003, is divided into three sections for easy comprehension: Section 1 provides a discussion on how to use special assessments as a financial tool and explains the administrative process; Section 2 is a reference chart of recommended special assessment statutes for various improvements; and Section 3 provides sample forms that illustrate the administrative process for creating a special assessment district under Public Act 188 of 1954.
How To Order?
Online: Simply click here to visit MTA's bookstore.
E-mail: E-mail your request to Emily.
Fax: Print the downloadable order form below and fax to (517) 321-8908.
Mail: Print the downloadable form below and mail to Michigan Townships Association, P.O. Box 80078, Lansing, MI, 48908-0078.
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