The City can form a reimbursement district when one party constructs and pays for infrastructure (sewer, water, and street) that has the potential to benefit another party. If during the life of the reimbursement district (typically 10 years), the benefitted property owner makes use of the improvements, then the reimbursement is due. The benefitted property owner makes use of an improvement by developing adjacent to a street improvement or connecting to water or sewer lines included in the reimbursement district.
The process includes preparation of a report by the City Engineer that outlines the improvement costs, the method of distributing the costs, the properties involved and includes details of the reimbursement agreement. The Engineer's report is presented to the City Council at a public hearing and owners of property in the district are given the opportunity to provide input. Once approved by the City Council, a resolution is recorded against properties in the district. Reimbursements are collected by the City when properties in the district develop or make use of the improvements. Read City Code Section 4.600 below pertaining to reimbursement districts.