Campaign Financial Report 2016
In order to determine financial hardship, the City Administrator shall review the applicant’s income statement. As a general guideline, a financial hardship deferral is automatically met if household adjusted gross income is at or below 125% of the most recently published Federal Poverty Line issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. This financial hardship guideline is intended to make clear the standard basis for financial hardship and remain non-discriminatory in financial hardship reviews. However, the City Council may approve deferrals where extenuating circumstances exist as presented by the applicant.
When deferment of the special assessment has been granted and is terminated for any reason provided in that law, all amounts accumulated plus applicable interest become due. Any assessed property owner meeting the requirements of this law and the policy adopted under it may, within 14 days of the confirmation of the assessment, apply to the City Administrator for the prescribed form for such deferral of payment of this special assessment on their property.
The proposed assessment roll is on file for public inspection at the City Administrator’s office. The total cost of the project is $2,536,800. The total amount of the proposed assessment is $638,073.Written or oral objections will be considered at the meeting. No appeal may be taken as to the amount of an assessment unless a written objection signed by the affected property owner is filed with the City Administrator prior to the assessment hearing or presented to the presiding officer at the hearing. The council may upon such notice consider any objection to the amount of a proposed individual assessment at an adjourned meeting upon such further notice to the affected property owners as it deems advisable.
An owner may appeal an assessment to district court pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 429.081 by serving notice of the appeal upon the mayor and City Administrator of the city within 30 days after the adoption of the assessment and filing such notice with the district court within ten days after service upon the mayor or administrator.
If an assessment is contested or there is an adjourned hearing, the following procedure may be followed:
1. The city will present its case first by calling witnesses who may testify by narrative or by examination, and by the introduction of exhibits. After each witness has testified, the contesting party will be allowed to ask questions. This procedure will be repeated with each witness until neither side has further questions.
2. After the city has presented all its evidence, the objector may call witnesses or present such testimony as the objector desires. The same procedure for questioning of the city's witnesses will be followed with the objector’s witnesses.
3. The objector may be represented by counsel.
4. Minnesota rules of evidence will not be strictly applied; however, they may be considered and argued to the council as to the weight of items of evidence or testimony presented to the council.
5. At the close of presentation of evidence, the objector may make a final presentation to the council based on the evidence and the law. No new evidence may be presented at this point.
6. The council may adopt the proposed assessment at the hearing.