Why is my assessment higher than my neighbor's?

There are different methods allowed for dividing the cost among the lots in the improvement district. The method is designated on each petition. The most common methods of assessment are the square foot basis and the fractional basis. If the square foot basis is used, each property owner will be responsible for a share of the project cost, relative to the square footage of his/her lot; therefore, larger lots will pay more than smaller lots. If the fractional basis is used, each lot in the improvement district will pay a set fraction of the cost; for example, if an improvement district has 14 lots in it, each lot may pay 1/14 of the cost. Each petition is looked at individually to determine which method is the fairest for the largest number of owners.

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1. What are Special Assessments and where do they come from?
2. What is an improvement district?
3. Why doesn't the City just build it?
4. Why doesn't the City pay for it?
5. Why wasn't I notified?
6. Why is my assessment higher than my neighbor's?
7. How do I pay the assessment?
8. What if I can't afford the assessment?