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ND Senate passes special assessments bill

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Senate approved a bill Monday to prevent property owner protests from stopping public improvement projects that are financed by special assessments.

BISMARCK - The North Dakota Senate approved a bill Monday to prevent property owner protests from stopping public improvement projects that are financed by special assessments.
The bill, which passed unanimously, would limit the protests to the funding source itself. Special assessments are fees charged to property owners affected by infrastructure projects.
Sen. Lonnie Laffen, R-Grand Forks, said a majority of affected property owners can stop a city's road or water project by protesting it.
"The problem is that sometimes these are large, important public infrastructure projects and a small portion of the project is being financed by the special assessment," he said on the Senate floor. "This bill still maintains the property owners' rights to protest out their special assessment portion."
Should enough property owners submit a petition to a project using special assessments, the municipality could find other funds to use, according to House Bill 1340.
The bill passed the House unanimously in February.

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