Court upholds ruling on Fargo special assessments


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N.D. (AP) – The North Dakota Supreme Court has ruled against two property owners in the state’s largest city who believe a board used inappropriate methods to calculate special assessments. D&P Terminal Inc. and Potter Enterprises appealed after the district court rejected arguments that the Fargo special assessments commission used a flawed formula to pay for improvements on a two-mile stretch of 12th Avenue North. The landowners claim the commission should have separately determined benefits to each individual property rather than using a method based on front footage or square footage. The Supreme Court says most of the issues raised by the Fargo landowners were rejected in a 2010 lawsuit against the city filed by Fred Hector. The justices ruled in that case that a .9 million special assessments bill was reasonable.

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