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 currently serves his community as a trustee for Plymouth Charter Township in Wayne County and previously served a term as township supervisor.