Special Assessments & Fees

Special Assessments allow Cities to charge specific properties for the cost of making a local improvement that benefits those properties.

The special assessment charges cover a portion of the project’s cost and are paid off with interest over time. A property will not be assessed more for a project than the increase in value from the project.

Pending special assessments

Pending special assessment information can be obtained by calling the Special Assessment Clerk at 952-548-6310.

Levied special assessments

Payoffs of levied special assessments (assessments currently appearing on the property taxes) can be obtained by calling the Special Assessment Clerk at 952-548-6310. They also can be obtained by calling Hennepin County Property Tax at 612-348-3011. Mail payments for remaining balances to City of Hopkins, Attn Special Assessment Clerk, 1010 1st St S, Hopkins, MN 55343. The deadline for paying off current levied special assessment balances is November 14 of each year.

Deferrals of special assessments

A special assessment deferral is a postponement of the special assessment amount that must be paid at some time in the future. It is not an exemption, exclusion, or forgiveness of any amount. Deferred assessments accrue simple interest during the deferment period.  The deferral becomes a lien against the property.

Who authorizes the deferral of special assessments?

Minnesota Statutes, Sections 435.193 through 435.195, authorize cities to defer the payments of special assessments. 

City Ordinance No. 90-683 effective on July 24, 1990 has established the criteria by which special assessments may be deferred.

What assessments are eligible for the deferment?

Only special assessments for permanent improvements are eligible.

How do I qualify for the special assessment deferment?

To qualify for the special assessment deferment, all of the following are required:

  • The applicants must be 65 years of age or older, or retired by virtue of a permanent and total disability for whom it would be a hardship to make the payments.  Property owners who have not attained age 65, but are retired as a result of a permanent and total disability must establish such disability by evidence satisfactory to City Council;
  • The applicant must be the owner of the property;
  • The property for which deferment is requested must be classified as homestead; and
  • The annual income of owners requesting a deferment is found not to exceed the sum of $37,327 as of January 1, 2014.  This amount shall subsequently be adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index for the Twin City area.

Active Duty Military Reserves:

In 2008 the MN Legislature amended the statute to include property owned by a person who is ordered into active military service, as defined in section 190.05 subdivision 5b or 5c, as stated in the person’s military orders, for whom it would be a hardship to make the payments.

When will the deferral end?

The deferral will automatically terminate if:

  • the owner dies and the surviving spouse is otherwise not eligible for the deferment;
  • the parcel or any part thereof is sold, transferred, or subdivided;
  • the property should for any reason lose its homestead status;
  • the City shall determine that the owner or the owner’s spouse no longer qualifies; or
  • the owner terminates the deferral. 

Upon termination of the deferral, the deferred special assessments are due and payable along with accrued simple interest during the assessment period at the rate established for payment of assessments at the time the assessment roll was adopted.

How do I apply for the special assessment deferment?

Contact the City of Hopkins Assessment Clerk at Hopkins City Hall or call 952-548-6310 for instructions.


Housing improvement area fees

The City of Hopkins has the authority to establish housing improvement areas under the Housing Improvement Act (1994 Minnesota Laws, Chapter 587, Article 9, Section 22 through 31).

Within a housing improvement area, the City can sell bonds to pay for various improvements to individual housing units and common areas. Those bonds are then repaid through fees imposed on the owners of the units who are receiving a benefit from the project.

Read more about these current housing improvement areas in Hopkins:


  • Special Assessment Clerk