What is the process for a project?

After the petition is received and confirmed, the County will proceed with securing an engineer who drafts construction documents for the project.  The project is then put out to bid for qualified contractors to submit proposals.  Staff uses the bid to calculate the total expected cost of the project.  Affected property owners are notified of the final estimated cost and two public hearings are held for citizens to speak in front of the Board of Commissioners.  Construction may not begin until the Board of Commissioner approve a preliminary resolution directing the project to proceed.  Residents may remove their name from the petition at any time prior to approval of the preliminary resolution.  If the petition falls below the 75% before approval of the preliminary roll, the project cannot move forward, and no fees will be charged to residents. 

Upon completion of construction, the Board determines the total costs of the project in order to calculate the total assessment to be levied.  After the total costs has been determined, a preliminary assessment roll is created listing all properties and the amount of each assessment.  Residents are mailed copies of the roll, and a public hearing is scheduled so that any residents may appear and comment on the preliminary roll.  Following the public hearing, the Board may amend the preliminary roll as it sees fit and vote to approve the roll.  The assessments become a lien on the property once the Board of Commissioners confirm the roll.   

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1. What is the Wayne County Street Assessment Program?
2. Can the County repair roads without issuing assessments?
3. What is the process for a subdivision to submit a petition for consideration?
4. Who is required to sign the petition and how many signatures are required?
5. How are projects decided upon?
6. What is the process for a project?
7. Can a resident remove or add their property to the petition after the initial petition has been submitted?
8. Are properties which opted out of the petition still included in the assessment?
9. How is the amount of the assessment determined?
10. When do assessments have to be repaid?
11. How are assessments paid if the resident chooses the 10-year repayment option?
12. Can a resident pay an assessment early?
13. Will my mortgage company collect the assessments into my escrow similar to property taxes?
14. Who maintains the roads after improvements are completed?
15. What happens to the assessment lien if I were to sale my house within the 10-year repayment period?
16. What happens if I do not pay the assessment?