Chapter 17 PARKS AND RECREATION*
Section 17-3 Special assessments for parks and recreational facilities.
Authorized. Public parks and recreational facilities may be acquired, constructed,
maintained and repaired as any other public improvement with the cost of such acquisition,
maintenance, repair and construction being specially assessed under these provisions and the
provisions of chapter 22.
Establishment of special benefit district. When the city council shall determine at the
public hearing required for the acquisition or construction of a public improvement that the park
or recreational facility so considered will constitute a special benefit to property in any area, it
may establish a special benefit district including such property. Such benefit district shall be
established by ordinance with the legal boundaries thereof specifically defined and may
thereafter by ordinance be amended to reduce or enlarge such district or to alter the boundaries
thereof. Such park or recreational facilities may then be acquired, constructed, repaired or
maintained with the costs being levied against the property owners in the district in the manner
How levied. The costs of acquiring, constructing, repairing or maintaining a park or
recreational facility, when established by the council as a benefit to property within the district,
shall be levied and assessed in the name of the owner(s) of that property and charged against the
lots, tracts and parcels of land in the proportion such lots, tracts or parcels bear to the total area
of the district exclusive of public highways.
(Code 1964, §§ 2.1040--2.1060)