Payment of Special Assessments

Payment of Special Assessments is required as shown in your Hennepin County Property Tax Statement. Learn more about paying Special Assessments below.

For Capital Improvements

Prepayment

A new special assessment may be prepaid, without interest  from November 1 through December 31. If not prepaid, special assessments will be automatically collected along with property taxes. The majority of property owners opt to pay assessments over time with property taxes.

To learn the pay off amount, please contact the Special Assessments Office at (612) 673-2401.

Prepayment is made to the Minneapolis Finance Department.

Minneapolis Finance Department
250 South 4th Street, Room 200
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Pay statements are sent only by request and the taxpayer is solely responsible for obtaining said statement. Partial payments are not provided for.

Assessment Collection Schedule

A special assessment may be collected in a single payment or spread out over a number of years.

  • Assessments of $150 or less are collected in their entirety the year of the assessment on your property tax statement.
  • Assessments of more than $150 can be collected in 5, 10, or 20 annual installments on your property tax statement. City Council determines the collection schedule.

Interest

Interest is charged on special assessments at an interest rate determined by the Minneapolis Finance Department.

Do I need to pay off special assessments before selling my house?

A person selling a property may prepay outstanding special assessments. This is usually negotiated between the buyer and seller, or often required by the buyer’s loan agreement. However, payment is not required at the time of sale. Special assessments left unpaid will continue to be carried on the property taxes of the new owner for the remaining term of the assessment.

Deferments on Special Assessments

According to City Council Resolutions 2015R-222, the City may defer the payment of special assessments for any homestead property owned by a person 65 years or older or retired due to a permanenant and total disability for whom it would be a hardship to make the payments. No deferrals are allowed on one-year special assessments.

A deferment does not reduce or eliminate the amount owed, it only postpones payment. During the deferment, simple interest will accumulate on the total principal amount of the assessment at the rate of interest adopted for the related capital improvement special assessment project. 

Contact

The Special Assessment Office is responsible for assessments originating from the Public Works Department.

Contact for questions; please do not mail payments to this address.

Special Assessment Office
309 2nd Ave S, Room 209
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2268
Phone: (612) 673-2401

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

For Fines and Services

Prepayment

Pending Special assessments can be prepaid to the City of Minneapolis up to November 25th each year. To learn the pay off amount before November 25th, call 311. After November 25th, pre-payments can no longer be accepted and special assessments must be paid through Hennepin County property taxes.

For multi-year assessments, pre-payments for the years beyond the upcoming tax year may be accepted. Call 311 to determine if allowable.

Payment must include the property address and/or the Request For Service (RFS) number.

Make check payable to:

Minneapolis Finance Department

Send to:

Minneapolis Housing Inspection Services
Attention: Special Assessments
250 S 4th Street Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415 

Payment Options

A special assessment can be a single payment, or, in special cases, spread out over a number of years. Interest is charged on special assessments after they are assessed by Hennepin County. 

Appeal Process for Special Assessments for Services or Fines

You will have the opportunity to appeal the assessment before it is levied to your property taxes.

  • A Notice of Intent to Assess letter will be sent to you which states a date/time for an appeal hearing.
  • You must submit a written appeal of the assessment in order for the incident file to be prepared to be heard at the hearing.
  • At the hearing, the appeals are usually heard in the order in which you arrive. The City will present their side of the case first.
  • You have the right to question the City’s representative about anything they say. You will then have an opportunity to present your side of the case.
  • The session is recorded.

After everyone has had an opportunity to speak, the Hearing Officer will take the matter under advisement. You should receive his/her final decision in writing within 15 days.

If the Hearing Officer’s decision is not satisfactory to you, you do have a right to further appeal through District Court. Instructions on that procedure are included in the Notice of intent to Assess and the final decision letter.

Do I need to pay off special assessments before selling my house?

A person selling a property may prepay outstanding special assessments. This is usually negotiated between the buyer and seller, or often required by the buyer’s loan agreement. However, payment is not required at the time of sale. Special assessments left unpaid will continue to be carried on the property taxes of the new owner for the remaining term of the assessment.

Last updated Jan 28, 2019

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