Special Assessment Assistance Program
The goal of the City of Fargo Special Assessment Assistance Program is to help alleviate the burden that special assessments can place on low and moderate-income homeowners while at the same time facilitating the improvement of neighborhood infrastructure. The assistance is allocated from both local and federal sources on an annual basis (as funds are available).
To be eligible for assistance, a person must:
- Have a total special assessment that is greater than $500.
Assistance is not available to projects in new developments; the assistance is targeted to projects that are replacing/upgrading infrastructure in existing neighborhoods. (Note: The $500 threshold does not apply to your annual payment but rather to the total amount that was assessed to your property).
- Live in an owner-occupied housing unit.
If your residence is a rental unit or has rental units in it or it is owned on a contract for deed, it is not eligible for this assistance.
- Have a qualifying household income.
Income eligibility will be determined using a household's 2016 income (includes the income earned by everyone living in your household over the age of 18). Please note that Social Security and pension benefits are included as income. For current income requirements, please refer to the Qualifying Incomes document located in the Resources section in the right margin of this page.
What Kind of Assistance is Available?
The City's Special Assessment Assistance Program will pay all or a portion of the annual cost of the special assessment levied on a particular property. The homeowner will need to apply for assistance each year on the basis of annual household income.
Please Note: There may not be sufficient funds to pay the entire special assessment of all qualifying applicants. If this is the case, priority will be given according to geography, project type, and level of household income. Furthermore, eligibility in one year does not automatically assure that assistance will be available in future years, nor does it constitute a commitment to provide assistance in future years.
How Will I Know When I Can Apply?
The City typically "spreads" special assessment costs to benefiting properties one year after the infrastructure project is completed. You will receive a letter from the City when the project starts in order to let you know the estimated amount of your special assessment, and you will also receive a letter from the City when the special assessment is actually levied against your property.
When you receive notice that your special assessment is being levied, you will also receive notice of the City's Special Assessment Assistance Program. If you feel you might be eligible, contact the special Assessment Office via the Contact Information section in the right margin of this page in order to acquire an application. You will have approximately three weeks to submit your application. We cannot accept applications for assistance until you receive the program notice in the mail.
Did You Know?
You may also be eligible to apply for the Homestead Credit, which provides property tax relief to low-income disabled and elderly homeowners.