Paying Special Assessments for Fines or Services
How are special assessments paid?
Special Assessments appear as a line item on your Hennepin County Property Tax Statement. If not prepaid, the special assessments are collected along with property taxes.
Learn more about special assessments for services and fines.
Is it a one-time payment?
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 by Hennepin County after they are assessed.
Can I prepay a special assessment?
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
Minneapolis Housing Inspection Services
Attention: Special Assessments
250 S 4th Street Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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.
Can I get a deferment if I’m unable to pay a special assessment?
According to City Council Resolutions 80R-365 and 93R-134, the City may defer the payment of special assesssments 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.
A deferment does not reduce or do away with the amount owed. It postpones the payment. During the deferment, simple interest will accumulate on the total principal amount of the assessment at the annual average rate of interest earned by the City in previous fiscal years.
Last updated Oct. 4, 2012