What is a special assessment?

A special assessment is a charge placed on a property because that property receives a special benefit from the services or facilities that are funded by the special assessment.  A street light special benefit is based on the provision that street lights specially benefit all of the improved parcels, whether residential or commercial, by protecting and enhancing their value, use and enjoyment.  The provision of street lights provides better identification and recognition and can enhance safety and access to property.  A special assessment is not a tax and is not based on the value of your property.

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1. What is a special assessment?
2. Who owns the streetlights in the City of Oviedo?
3. How are Parcels apportioned for the proposed Street Lighting Assessment?
4. How much will the street light assessment be for residential properties?
5. How much will the street light assessment be for commercial properties?
6. How will the street light assessment be billed?
7. How are street light services paid for now?
8. How are other cities funding street lights?
9. What will the assessment fund?
10. Can the assessments be spent for any other purpose?
11. Can the assessments be raised in the future?
12. Do I have to pay the assessment if I do not have a street light in my street or neighborhood?
13. Are Private Communities Exempt from the Streetlight Assessment?
14. Where can I obtain more information?