Alaska Statutes.
Title 29. Municipal Government
Chapter 46. Special Assessments
Section 20. Procedure.
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AS 29.46.020. Procedure.

(a) A municipality may prescribe by ordinance the procedures relating to creating special assessment districts, making local improvements, levying and collecting assessments, and financing improvements, including the following:

(1) a procedure for filing petitions;

(2) a survey and report by the mayor concerning the need for, desirable extent of, and estimated cost of each proposed local improvement;

(3) a public hearing on the necessity for the proposed local improvement;

(4) a resolution or ordinance determining to proceed or not to proceed with the proposed local improvement;

(5) a public hearing by the governing body on the special assessment roll for the proposed local improvement;

(6) published notice of each public hearing required by this section and mailing notice to each record owner of real property in the special assessment district;

(7) a resolution or ordinance confirming the special assessment roll for the proposed local improvement.

(b) If protests as to the necessity of a proposed local improvement are made by owners of property that will bear 50 percent or more of the estimated cost of the improvement, the governing body may not proceed with the improvement until the objections have been reduced to less than 50 percent, except on approval of not fewer than three-fourths of the governing body.

(c) To the extent that a municipality does not prescribe a procedure for special assessments as permitted by this section, the municipality shall comply with the special assessment procedures set out in AS 29.46.030 - 29.46.100.

(d) A municipality may by ordinance provide for deferral of payment of all or part of the assessments on real property owned and occupied as the primary residence and permanent place of abode by a resident who is economically disadvantaged as determined under criteria established in the ordinance. The assessment becomes due when the property ceases to be owned by the resident who qualified for the deferral.

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