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Special Assessment Commission

This is a commission appointed by the Fargo City Commission to oversee the special assessment process. The Special Assessment Commission is made up of three members, as mandated by the North Dakota State Legislature; it operates under the provision of North Dakota Century Code 40-23.01. 

Its obligation is to assess, as fair and equally as possible, the costs of various improvement projects within a defined assessment area determined by the City Commission. In other words, the commission proportions the cost of projects by determining the amount of benefit to each property in a given improvement district.

When a property owner files a protest over a new special assessment, the Special Assessment Commission reviews the project on location and reviews the benefit received by the property.  Commissioners then hold a hearing to allow residents of the improvement district a chance to voice their concerns about the amount of benefit assigned to their property. Corrections can be made if special assessment seems to be in error. If the hearing does not provide satisfactory solutions, the protests can be continued to the Fargo City Commission.

The commission meets on an as-needed basis. To learn the date of the next scheduled meeting, e-mail Dan Eberhardt at or call him at 241-1332.    

Commission members

Dan Dunn, attorney at Maring, Williams Law Firm
Joe Burgum, Folkways
Steve Bladholm, Hancock Concrete Products