Appeal of Special Assessments for Public Improvements


Homeowners in the City of Prior Lake turned to Larkin Hoffman to represent them in special assessment appeals. The Larkin Hoffman team of Gary Van Cleve and Rob Stefonowicz successfully appealed the special assessments issued by the City of Prior Lake on behalf of 37 homeowners in separate district court actions that were subsequently consolidated. This case presented a wide range of issues. By virtue of a creative approach to determining the extent to which the properties did or did not benefit from the public improvements for which they were assessed, the case forced a settlement by the City that substantially reduced the amount of the assessments that the City could legally levy against the property owners.