First Assessment District
The First Assessment District (FAD) is an unorganized territory which has over 60 miles of public road ways. The County Board of Commissioners acts as the elected policy makers in the absence of an organized form of local government. The Highway Department coordinates construction and maintenance of FAD roads.
Roads maintained in the FAD
FAD 5-Year Highway Improvement Plan - Map
First Assessment District Road and Bridge Finances
A series of public meetings to share concerns or ask questions regarding township level property taxes were held in June and July 2017. The meeting presentation is available for viewing.
Like in other townships, FAD residents pay a separate township level property tax to fund government services within its jurisdiction. This is in addition to county level and school district level taxes. Crow Wing County does not subsidize the FAD or other townships for infrastructure needs. State Statue prohibits use of County Sales Tax revenue for township roadway construction and maintenance. Township property taxes are currently the only source of revenue to fund all activities necessary to properly maintain the FAD roadway system.
In recent years, the FAD has experienced adequate levels of roadway construction. This has only been possible due to the availability of a large cash fund balance. Prior to 2021, these cash reserves are expected to be depleted and projected levels of property tax will be insufficient to sustain required levels of roadway improvements. All construction projects promised to the public in the current Highway Improvement Plan will be delivered. If nothing is done to generate additional financial resources, there will only be enough funding to provide basic summer maintenance activities and winter snow plowing after 2020. There remains a long list of FAD roadways in need of major repair. Crow Wing County collected input regarding strategies to help ensure sufficient funds are available for 2021 and beyond. View responses to comments here.
One-time Maintenance of Roads
Residents within the First Assessment District (Unorganized Territory) may petition for 1-time maintenance of roads platted for public use and not maintained by the county or the state. Basic, non-routine road maintenance will be provided by the County, acting on behalf of the unorganized First Assessment District, as outlined in the policy revised by the County Board on November 22, 2016. A petition for Maintenance Service may be found under On-Line Services - Licenses and Permitting.