What is a special assessment?

A special assessment is a charge placed on a property because that property receives a special benefit from the services or facilities that are funded by the special assessment. A street light special benefit is based on the provision that street lights specially benefit all of the improved parcels, whether residential or commercial, by protecting and enhancing their value, use and enjoyment. The provision of street lights provides better identification and recognition and can enhance safety and access to property. A special assessment is not a tax and is not based on the value of your property.

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1. What is a special assessment?
2. Who owns the streetlights in the City of Apopka?
3. Who owns the retention areas in the City of Apopka?
4. How are Parcels apportioned for Assessment?
5. How will the assessment be billed?
6. How have street light services been paid for in the past?
7. How have retention pond maintenance been paid for in the past?
8. How are other cities funding street lights?
9. Can the assessments be spent for any other purpose?
10. Where can I find information regarding Neighborhood Improvement Special Assessment MSBU’s responsibilities?
11. Where can I obtain more information about Special Assessment Districts?