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Who can be assessed for the road and drainage improvements?
All properties determined to benefit from the proposed drainage and road improvement may be assessed. This includes properties outside of the subdivision and those properties which only have access using the roads proposed for improvements. 

How are affected properties assessed?
Three methods which may be used to assess affected properties are:

1)  per parcel

2)  per platted lot

3)  per frontage foot

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners (the commission) is not limited to these options, though "per parcel" has been determined to be the most equitable method of assessing properties within areas benefitting from drainage and road improvements.

How is the assessment cost derived for each property or owner?
All costs associated with the project including mailings, inspections, testing, engineering design, construction, contingency, MSTU/Assessment,  clerk's office, including the clerk's finance department and County Attorney are compiled. This sum is then divided by the number of assessable parcels, or by assessable footage, within the affected area.

How long does it typically take to pay for road assessment costs?
With commission discretion, assessments are payable for up to 10 years and are included on the affected property's annual tax bill. There is no penalty for paying the assessment costs prior to the payment date.

Will driveway aprons also be paved?
Driveways are provided to occupied lots in accordance with county policy 93-02. Vacant lots do not receive a paved approach unless there is a fence and gate, or a building permit was issued prior to the beginning of the project's bidding process.

What factors determine the estimated cost for an assessment program for a road, neighborhood or subdivision?
The estimated cost per property varies and is dependent on the number of affected properties as well as the number of miles included in the project.

Can the assessment be paid in full?
Yes, the assessment costs can be paid in full during the prepayment period or at any time over the life of the assessment payment period. Financing, interest and borrowing costs to date will be included in the payoff amount. There is no prepayment penalty.

What are the advantages of paying the assessment in full?
Paying the assessment in full prior to the end of the payment period saves financing, borrowing and interest applied after the prepayment period has expired.

When does the pre-payment period begin?
The pre-payment period begins upon MSTU's receipt of the notice of special assessment. This notice is mailed to all affected property owners after the final public hearing by certified mail and includes assessment details such as the amount owed by recipient, payment due date and costs saved if paid in full.
 
When will construction begin?
Per county policy, construction may not begin until after the final public hearing is held, the awarded contractor has provided required documents to Procurement Services and a notice to proceed has been issued - typically within 30 to 45 days after the final public hearing.

Will the property owners receive refunds if costs are saved during construction?
Refunds are determined after the end of the warranty period and accepted by Marion County. All costs are calculated by the clerk's finance department, which then submits an amended assessment listing to the commikssion for approval.

How can I find out the pay-off amount for my road assessment on my tax bill?
Contact MSTU/Assessment at 352-438-2650. We're glad to help and may save a call or visit to the clerk or tax collector's offices.

What if I have a concern during or after construction of the improvement?
Feel free to contact MSTU/Assessment concerning a current or previous improvement project at 352-438-2650.

Why are assessment projects "bundled" for construction financing?
Several projects are typically "bundled" for financing savings if bundling was approved at the final public hearing.

The amount owed by each assessment area is derived by dividing the number of assessable areas into the financing costs. The more projects sharing financing costs, the lower the cost to each assessment area. These cost savings are then passed onto the respective property owners.

Advantages with a road assessment program:
1. Properties are more marketable for re-sale with well-maintained roads.
2. Avoid potholes and other repairable, but damaging, road conditions which may lead to expensive vehicle repairs.
3. Less dust and dirt infiltrates your home and vehicle's heating and ventilation units, reducing possibilities of developing or exaggerating breathing problems.
4. Road assessments can be paid in full at any time during the 10-year payment period without penalty or in full during pre-payment period.
5. Property owners have opportunities to assess roads on their own and have their roads improved, which may not have been an option under other circumstances.

Do you have an informational video for more detailed information on a road assessment?

Our informational video can be accessed on YouTube by typing in the following link (case sensitive)

https://youtu.be/5ffxyMWmw8g

The Board of County Commissioners does not share in the costs for recorded and unrecorded areas.