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5 Steps to a Successful Property Owner Assessment

Since Proposition 218 passed in 1996, Harris has conducted more than 100 property owner assessment ballot proceedings across a variety of circumstances. Over the years, we gleaned some valuable lessons about increasing the likelihood of successful outcomes—and pitfalls to avoid.

Essentially, cities must ensure property owners see the cost of any assessment as “fair and equitable” in relation to other parcels. They must also believe the cost is appropriate considering the services or special benefit they will receive. Sounds easy enough—but all of this requires time and effort to ensure property owners have a clear perception of what they’re paying for.

It’s important to get it right the first time. Download the white paper to learn more.


Alison Bouley, PE

Alison Bouley, PE

Vice President / Municipal + District Finance



Alison Bouley, PE


Harris & Associates


Planning + Development
Public Works


Special District Services
Municipal Finance