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Special assessments committee to meet

The metro-area Special Assessment Advisory Study Committee will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m.

The metro-area Special Assessment Advisory Study Committee will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fargo City Hall.

Fargo City Commissioner Mike Williams organized the study to increase understanding of special assessments among local governments and, if necessary, to suggest changes to the system.

During the first two meetings, committee members will relate how their city or organization determines special assessments and how these assessments affect them.

Represented on the committee will be Fargo, West Fargo, Horace, Cass County, Fargo and West Fargo parks and Fargo and West Fargo school districts.

The public is invited to attend all meetings, as their participation will be a major factor in the study's success, Williams said. Those who can't attend the meeting can watch CableOne (channel 12) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

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The study will consist of three phases: the first consisting of the informational presentations, the second question-and-answer sessions with the public and the third the consideration of ideas and suggestions that may improve current strategies for special assessments.

Meetings of the committee will be held the last Wednesday of each month at the same time and place. The study could take up to six months.

The city of Fargo previously studied special assessment costs and made several changes to the system last year.

One of the big differences between that study and the upcoming study is that this one will be open to the public, Williams said.

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