Hearing for utility assessments set for Monday

By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Grafton Village Board will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, for Town of Grafton residents living along River Bend Road who may have to pay thousands of dollars for utility work for a road extension project that is part of a new subdivision in the village.

Property owners would only have to pay assessments for the utility work if and when they choose to have their land annexed into the village.

Last week, 16 property owners received preliminary assessments for the utility work based on the frontage of their property, with the assessments ranging from $36,000 to about $200,000.

According to the preliminary assessments, several property owners would have to pay more than $100,000 each if they choose to have their properties annexed into the village.

Public Works Director Amber Thomas said a cap will be placed on properties with larger frontages along River Bend Road.

On Monday, Aug. 12, one River Bend Road resident attended a Village Public Works meeting where the committee discussed the preliminary assessments. 

“We have to have these preliminary special assessments on file. Nothing will happen to them until they become final special assessments. We won’t be able to do that until the project is complete and we’ll have actual costs,” Thomas said. “These estimates, at this point, are based off our construction bid. It could be lower or higher.” 

The River Bend Road project calls for extending sewer and water lines from the current village limits, east of Yuma Street, to the River Bend Meadows subdivision along Port Washington Road.

Officials said if the residents choose to be annexed into the village, they can pay the assessment in one lump sum or in installments over a 10-year period with a 3.25% interest rate per year on the unpaid balance.

 

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