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A special assessment is a fee collected by the City for improvements or services the City provides that benefit a property.
Local improvements billed as assessments may include:
Delinquent charges, cost of services, and fines billed as assessments may include:
See below chart for more information.
411 W 1st Street, Room 105 City Hall, Duluth MN 55802
Delinquent Stormwater/Street Lighting
*If the delinquent charges are not paid by the Due Date above they will be added to the property owner's real estate taxes the following year.
Assessment Annual Billing
A special assessment invoice is mailed out by the City of Duluth Treasurer's Office to affected property owners. The installment payment is due annually. If the invoice is paid after the due date, a penalty of 10% of the annual installment amount will be charged. Interest will accrue daily until paid in full. If the property owner wishes to pay off an assessment, they need to call the City Treasurer's Office at (218) 730-5350 for a payoff balance.
If the annual installment bill is not paid to the City Treasurer's Office, the installment due plus penalty and interest will be added to a property owner's real estate taxes the following year.
For a sample City of Duluth special assessment bill, please click here.
The procedures to approve - or levy - special assessments or unpaid city charges include:
See attached flow chart for additional information regarding the process by clicking here.
Pending assessments are estimated assessment amounts to be charged to properties BEFORE the assessments are levied by the City Council. Assessments become pending either:
Once public improvement projects are substantially completed, staff calculates final assessment charges and submits a final Assessment Roll to the City Council for approval. Once approved, the assessments are no longer pending, but become levied.
Special Assessment Deferrals
Qualified property owners may defer payment of special assessments. The assessment obligation is not reduced or canceled, only deferred. Payment will be due and payable in full at a future date with accrued interest.
See below qualification requirements:
For more information on income guidelines please click here. Income guidelines are updated annually.
Please note, the deferral is not solely based on income guidelines. For example, for a deferral based on age and income, a property owner must be 65 years of age or older and meet income requirements.
Read through the Deferred Assessment Application provided in the link below and return the required documents to the City Treasurer’s Office, 411 West First Street, City Hall Room 105, Duluth, MN 55802. If you have any questions about the application form or documentation required, please call the City Treasurer’s Office at 218-730-5350. The Special Assessment Board meets the second Tuesday of every month. The City Treasurer and Special Assessment Board Chair will review an application to determine if all requirements have been met. They will approve or deny the application.
Deferred Assessment Application - Fillable
Please note – if a deferral of an assessment is approved, it will be deferred with interest, compounded daily, until such time as it is deemed that the applicant no longer qualifies or the property loses eligibility. Under the City guidelines, the deferment is terminated and payable upon any of the following:
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Can I get assessment information in writing regarding a property?
How do I know what the special assessment on my special assessments invoice is for?
What does it mean when a special assessment is "pending?"
What are the assessment payment options?
Why do I have assessments on my property taxes?
I have an $25.00 assessment on my taxes. What is this for?
I have questions on my property taxes or would like to pay them. You may pay in person, online or by mail:
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Who do I contact regarding Duluth North Shore Sanitary Sewer District (DNSSD) sewer assessments?
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