The Municipal Service Benefit Unit program (also known as Special Assessments) provides residents with a funding mechanism for specific infrastructure improvements including road resurfacing, water, and sanitary sewer line installation.
In short, residents can finance these improvements (at a generally low interest rate) through a cooperative relationship with the County.
MSBU Frequently Asked Questions
What is a MSBU?
A Municipal Service Benefit Unit or MSBU is a mechanism for property owners within unincorporated areas of the County to receive services for which they currently do not have. Examples of these: Water, sewer, re-use line, and paved roads.
Who pays for the construction?
All costs are paid by all the affected property owners within the affected benefit area. Will my taxes go up?
No, this is not a tax. Only the property owners within the benefit area pay for the improvement through a special assessment. How much will this cost?
Each project is created individually; therefore a specific cost cannot be set, however every effort is made by staff to ensure that the cost is the lowest possible through a bidding process. How do I pay?
Payment of the MSBU special assessment charge can be made in two different ways. The special assessment charge can be paid in full at the beginning of the assessment or it may be paid in annual installments over a 10-year period. Which will reflect on your yearly tax bill.